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Write-in candidates file for Primary, state issue added to ballot

2/27/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Collins

SUMMIT COUNTY — Feb. 24 was the filing deadline for write-in candidates for the May 6 Primary Election ballot.

The candidates have yet to be certified by the Summit County Board of Elections (BOE) or Secretary of State’s Office.

Only one person filed with the BOE as a write-in — Republican Thomas Pekarek, of Cleveland, for the District 13 congressional race. Pekarek will face the winner of the Democratic Primary, either incumbent Tim Ryan or John Luchansky, in November.

District 13 includes Akron in the area surrounding Downtown Akron, as well as the area north of the city, including parts of West Akron and Cuyahoga Falls, and Peninsula and Boston.

Three candidates filed with the Secretary of State’s Office for state races as write-ins.

In the governor’s race, Green Party candidates Anita Rios with running mate Bob Fitrakis filed as write-ins. They will face fellow Green candidates Dennis Spisak (with running mate Suzanne Patzer) in May. The race also includes Democrats — Larry Ealy (with running mate Ken Gray) and Edward FitzGerald (with running mate Sharen Neuhardt) — facing off in May. The winners will face Republican incumbent Gov. John Kasich (with running mate Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor) and Libertarian Charles Earl (with running mate Sherry Clark) in November.

In the state auditor’s race, Libertarian Bob Bridges filed as a write-in and will face Libertarian Robert Coogan in May. The winner will face Republican incumbent David Yost and Democrat John Carney in November.

In the secretary of state’s race, Libertarian Kevin Knedler filed as a write-in and will face Libertarian Aaron Harris in May. The winner will face Secretary of State Jon Husted, a Republican, and Democrat Nina Turner in November.

Also, voters will see a statewide issue on the May ballot.

Husted and members of the Ohio Ballot Board approved ballot language Feb. 19 for Issue No. 1, which asks voters to approve funding public infrastructure capital improvements by permitting the issuance of general obligation bonds. According to the proposed ballot issue, the amendment authorizes the state of Ohio to issue general obligation bonds to pay for or help local governments pay for public infrastructure capital improvements. Projects would be limited to roads and bridges; wastewater treatment systems; water supply systems; solid waste disposal facilities; and storm water and sanitary collection, storage and treatment facilities, including real property or interests in real property, facilities and equipment. It also includes the cost of acquisition, construction, reconstruction, expansion, improvement, planning and equipping the project, according to the proposed ballot issue.

The language, as well as the approved explanation and arguments for and against the issue, are available at www.sos.state.oh.us.

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