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Elections

2022 midterm election guide

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On Tuesday, Nov. 8, voters around the nation will cast their ballots in the midterm elections. For voters in Ohio, that means electing a representative for the U.S Senate, governor, state auditor, attorney general and many other state and local officials, including judges. Ohioans will vote on two state issues, and local voters in Yellow Springs and Miami Township will also vote on two Greene County issues and one Miami Township issue.

Early voting
Voters may cast their ballots in person at the Greene County Board of Elections, located at 551 Ledbetter Road in Xenia during the following hours:
• Thursday, Oct 20, and Friday, Oct. 21, 8 a.m–5 p.m.
• Monday, Oct 24–Friday, Oct. 28, 8 a.m–5 p.m.
• Saturday, Oct. 29, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
• Monday, Oct. 31– Friday, Nov. 4, 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
• Saturday, Nov. 5, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
• Sunday, Nov. 6, 1–5 p.m.
• Monday, Nov. 7, 8 a.m.–2 p.m.

Voters choosing to cast absentee ballots are encouraged to do so early. According to the Greene County Board of Elections website, the Board of Elections must receive absentee ballot requests by noon on Saturday, Nov. 5. Once voters receive their absentee ballots, they can drop them off at the Board of Elections or mail them to the Board of Elections. Ballots must be dropped off by 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8; mailed ballots must be postmarked by Monday, Nov. 7, and must be received by the Board of Elections within 10 days after the election.

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Polling locations
All village voters living in precincts 440, 441, 442 and 443, and Miami Township residents living in precinct 456, will vote at Antioch University Midwest’s multipurpose room. Antioch University Midwest is located at 900 Dayton St.,Yellow Springs.

Voters in Miami Township precinct 455, which includes the eastern part of the township, will vote at the Cedar Land Event Center, 200 Parkview Lane, Cedarville. Polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Voter eligibility
To vote in the Nov. 8 election, persons must be:
• a U.S. citizen,
• a resident of Ohio for at least 30 days prior to the election,
• registered to vote at least 30 days prior to the election,
• at least 18 years old on or before Nov. 8.

According to the American Civil Liberties Union, Ohio voters who are serving jail time for a misdemeanor crime are eligible to vote. People who have been arrested for a felony but not yet convicted are eligible to vote. People convicted of a felony who are currently incarcerated are not eligible to vote.

As an absentee Greene County voter, you can track the progress of your ballot here:
https://lookup.boe.ohio.gov/vtrapp/greene/avlookup.aspx

U.S. CONGRESS

• U.S. Senate

Tim Ryan (D)
Tim Ryan is a lifelong Ohioan and the current incumbent representative for Ohio. He has served as a member of Congress since 2003 for Ohio’s 13th district. According to Ryan’s campaign website, he wants to focus on supporting workers in Ohio by passing the PRO Act, raising the minimum wage to $15 and expanding access to childcare. Ryan supports the codification of Roe v. Wade, and recently voted to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act.

J.D. Vance (R)
J.D. Vance is a venture capitalist from Middletown, Ohio. He graduated from The Ohio State University, received a law degree from Yale and served as a marine. According to his campaign website, Vance wants to reduce government spending, reduce inflation, restore manufacturing jobs, and help the U.S. become “energy independent.” Vance is also in favor of constructing a border wall, combating the opioid epidemic and eliminating abortion by expanding services and tax credits for parents.

• U.S. House District 10

David Esrati (D)
Hailing from Celina, Ohio, David Esrati is a Wright State University graduate who has run for the Democratic nomination to Congress three times, according to his campaign website. The “100% pro-choice candidate,” Esrati told the League of Women Voters that, if elected, he would work to pass the Equal Rights Amendment. He supports the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the Freedom to Vote act. He also wants to revitalize the EPA, focus on building more mass transit and stop sprawl.

Mike Turner (R)
Congressman Mike Turner is the incumbent candidate, seeking an 11th term in Congress, having served since 2003. A Southwest Ohio native, Turner has a law degree and served as Mayor of Dayton before running for Congress. According to Turner’s campaign website, he is pro-life, pro-military, pro-Second Amendment, and is working to fight the opioid epidemic in Ohio. Turner has also focused on job creation at Wright-Patterson AFB, claiming to have added 10,000 jobs on base.

STATE RACES

• Ohio Governor

Nan Whaley (D)
Nan Whaley is the former mayor of Dayton, Ohio, and holds an MPA from Wright State University. Whaley said if elected, her first focuses would be on abortion access, raising wages for middle class families, and capping insulin costs at $30. Whaley said she would also work to end gerrymandering in the state, advocate for paid family leave and offer additional support to Ohio’s Appalachian communities.

Mike DeWine (R)
Mike DeWine is the incumbent candidate for Governor. While in office, DeWine has cut taxes for businesses and individuals, signed the 6-week abortion ban, and secured the new IntelOhio project, which will bring about 20,000 jobs to Ohio. According to his campaign website, DeWine plans to continue investing in career education, workforce development and job training. He also plans to continue investing in Ohio’s police force and broadband systems.

Write-in candidates: Timothy Grady and Dayna Bickley; Craig Patton and Collin Cook; Renea Turner and Adina Pelletier; and Marshall Usher and Shannon Lake

• Ohio Attorney General

Jeffrey A. Crossman (D)
Jeffrey Crossman is a former Parma City Council member and Ohio State Representative. He has a law degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. According to his campaign website, Crossman wants to restore reproductive rights to Ohioans, fight corruption and ensure affordable healthcare for Ohioans looking to retire. Crossman wants to strengthen collective-bargaining rights and ensure fair elections by ending voter “purges” and gerrymandering.

Dave Yost (R)
Dave Yost is the former State Auditor and incumbent Attorney General seeking re-election. Yost’s office is currently working to keep Ohio’s six-week abortion ban in place. According to his website, Yost has worked to decrease fraud across the state in his role as Attorney general. In his role as auditor, Yost worked to criminalize the use of public funds for political campaigns and launched “skinnyohio.org,” a tool for local governments to cut costs and save tax dollars.

• Ohio State Auditor

Taylor Sappington (D)
Taylor Sappington is the democratic nominee for state auditor. A Nelsonville, Ohio, native, Sappington has served as the auditor for the city of Nelsonville, where he balanced the budget and uncovered fraud in the Nelsonville city government. Sappington told the Dayton Daily News that, if elected, he intends to increase the number of special audits the state does each year and create a public corruption task force.

Keith Faber (R)
Keith Faber is the incumbent candidate for State Auditor. Prior to his four-year term as Auditor, Faber served as a state representative, state senator, and the president of the Ohio Senate. According to his campaign website, Faber uncovered more than $5 billion in unemployment fraud and convicted 87 people of government fraud in his first term.

• Ohio State Treasurer

Scott Schertzer(D)
Scott Shertzer is a first-time candidate for state treasurer from Marion, Ohio. He is a former teacher, Marion City Council member and the current mayor of Marion. Schertzer worked with former Ohio Treasurer, Mary Ellen Winthrow, who he says inspired his candidacy. According to Shertzer’s campaign website, he wants to end the legacy of corruption in Ohio politics and work for the people.

Robert Sprague (R)
Robert Sprague is the incumbent candidate for Ohio Treasurer. During his term, Sprague created the ResultsOHIO program, a program that encourages private sector businesses and funds to find innovative solutions to social and public health challenges. Sprague also reworked Ohio’s open Checkbook program to ensure transparency in government spending. According to his campaign website, Sprague is a pro-life and pro-small-government candidate.

• Secretary of State

Chelsea Clark (D)
Chelsea Clark is a councilwoman, small business owner and farmer running for secretary of state. According to her campaign website, Clark wants to ensure voter access by reducing voter purges, allowing for online voter registration and absentee ballot requests and introducing same-day voter registration. Clark is in favor of supporting small businesses and wants to develop a resource for veteran, minority and women-owned businesses.

Frank LaRose (R)
Frank LaRose is the incumbent candidate for Secretary of State. He is in favor of ballot Issue 2, a measure that responds to a Yellow Springs referendum that would have allowed non-citizens and citizens over 16 years old to vote. If passed, Issue 2 would limit local control of elections. LaRose touts a “100% pro-life voting record” as a former state senator, according to his campaign website.

• Ohio Supreme Court Justices

Jennifer Brunner (D)
Supreme Court Judge Jennifer Brunner is running for Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court. According to her website, she wants to support bail reform for greater equality for more citizens, improve processes for transgender individuals who need safe access to records such as birth certificates, join initiatives that identify systemic racism in the justice system, support the creation of a database that monitors sentencing in the state and includes information about specific crimes, sentence lengths, criminal history and demographics.

Terri Jamison (D)
Terri Jamison is running for Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court. According to Jamison’s website, she is running to preserve and strengthen the Court’s constitutionally granted status as an independent and co-equal branch of the state government, and to ensure that “equal justice under law” becomes a reality for all Ohioans.

Marilyn Zayas (D)
Marilyn is running for Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court and has served on the Court since 2018. Responding to the question of why she’s running in the League of Women Voters, Voters Guide — Zayas wrote that she wants to ensure the application of law equally regardless of politics. She supports a statewide public sentencing database where anyone can review sentences across counties for similar offenses. Zayas also wants to expand “specialty dockets” that include mental health, drug and veteran’s courts.

• Ohio District 71 Representative

James Harvey Duffee (D)
James Duffee is a first time candidate for the Ohio House of Representatives. He resides in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and is a pediatric and child psychiatrist. He is pro-choice, believing decisions about reproductive health should be between a women and her doctor. According to the League of Women Voters’ election guide, Duffee supports an independent redistricting commission to determine fair voting maps and wants to support the educational rights of children throughout the state by protecting academic freedom.

Bill Dean (R)
Bill Dean is running for re-election for District 71. He was most recently a part of the infrastructure and rural development committee, the house insurance committee and the state and local government committee. Dean was the primary sponsor on a bill in 2021 that would have limited absentee voter participation. He also co-sponsored HB 151 which includes the Save Women’s Sports Act, which would require single-sex teams, limiting the participation of trans and nonbinary students in Ohio sports.

COUNTY RACES

• Greene County Commissioner

Dick Gould (R)
Dick Gould is running unopposed for a second term as Greene County Commissioner. Prior to his time as a commissioner, Gould was a police officer and served eight years as Greene County Treasurer. Gould has a master’s degree in accounting from Miami University. According to the Greene County Commissioner’s website, Gould believes in community service, and has been active in the Fairborn and Beavercreek rotaries and the Greater Dayton YMCA.

• Greene County Sheriff

Scott J. Anger (R)
Scott J. Anger is running unopposed for the position of Greene County Sheriff. Anger was appointed Sheriff after the death of late Sheriff Gene Fischer. According to Vote411.org, Anger has 38 years of experience in law enforcement.

• Greene County Auditor

David A Graham (R)
David Graham is the incumbent candidate seeking a new term as Greene County Auditor. Graham has served as Greene County Auditor since 2011, and worked in the Auditor’s office for 10 years prior to being elected.

• Greene County Judge of the Court of Common Pleas General Division

Adolfo Tornichio (R)
Judge Adolfo Tornichio is an incumbent running for Common Pleas Judge. He was appointed to the court by Governor Mike DeWine in 2021. Prior to his appointment, Tornichio served as a prosecutor for the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office in the juvenile and adult divisions since 2003.

• Greene County Judge of Common Pleas Juvenile Division

Amy Lewis (R)
Judge Amy Lewis is an incumbent running for Common Pleas Judge, Juvenile Division. Lewis was appointed to the court by Governor Mike DeWine in 2021. Prior to her appointment, Lewis served as Greene County Juvenile Court Magistrate since 2000.

BALLOT ISSUES

State Issue 1
State issue 1 is a proposed constitutional amendment that would require courts to consider factors like public safety when setting the amount of bail. If passed, the amendment would require Ohio courts to consider the seriousness of an offense, a person’s criminal record, and the likelihood a person would return to court when assigning bail. The amendment would also remove the requirement that the Ohio Supreme Court set the amounts and conditions of bail in Ohio.

State Issue 2
Ohio State Issue 2 is a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit local control over local elections by banning non-citizen and underage voters from participating in local elections. If passed, the amendment would require that only citizens over 18 who have been a legal resident and registered voter for 30 days be eligible to vote in state or local elections. It would explicitly prohibit individual municipalities from allowing non-citizen voters to vote in local elections.

Greene County Issue 8
Issue 8 is a 10-year, 1.5 mil renewal levy for the Greene County Mental Health and Recovery Board. Because the levy is a renewal levy, it will not raise taxes. The Mental Health and Recovery Board has a mission to provide mental health and addiction services to residents of Greene County. The board connects residents with services and works on preventing addiction in the county’s population through outreach programs.

Greene County Issue 9
Issue 9 for Greene County gas aggregation was placed on the ballot by the Greene County Commissioners. If passed, the measure would allow county residents in unincorporated areas to purchase their gas through an aggregate at a set rate. This does not apply to residents purchasing propane, or residents in incorporated areas.

Miami Township Issue 25
Issue 25 is a 3.5 mill bond levy that would go towards staffing of Miami Township Fire-Rescue. According to the Miami Township Trustees, passing the levy will allow the township to maintain current staffing levels. According to the Greene County Auditor, the cost to property owners is $122.50 per $100,000 of appraised property value per year.

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