Slim picking for voters in Tuesday primary election

May 6, 2013

Tuesday is a primary election day in Ohio, but voters in many townships, villages and cities in southwest Ohio won’t have anything to vote on.

The candidate races and ballot issues in southwest Ohio counties are few and far between – in fact, in Butler County, there is no election at all.

In Hamilton County, only 129 of the county’s 545 precincts will be up and running Tuesday, according to Amy Searcy, director of the Hamilton County Board of Elections. The 129 precincts are in 87 polling places.

None of them are in the city of Cincinnati, which has no ballot issues and does not hold a partisan primary for mayor or city council. Cincinnati will hold a non-partisan primary for mayor on Sept. 10; and city council candidates file in August for a non-partisan field race in November.

Some suburban villages and municipalities in Hamilton County hold partisan primaries. But there are only two contested races on the ballot on Tuesday, in Norwood and Greenhills.

In Norwood, two Democrats, Robert G. Kelly and Keith D. Moore, are in a contested race for city law director. In Greenhills, Republican voters can choose between David B. Moore and Maria C. Waltherr for mayor.

There are a number of ballot issues in Hamilton County communities:
-    A 2 mill levy in Norwood for road and bridge construction and repair
-    A 5 mill renewal of the operating levy in Silverton
-    An additional 1.75 mill levy for fire services in Delhi Township
-    Three ballot issues in Sycamore Township to create a joint economic development zone with neighboring communities
-    A bond issue for new construction and improvements in the Forest Hills School District
-    An additional tax levy in the Oak Hills School District to avoid an operating deficit
-    An additional tax levy in the joint Deer Park-Silverton fire district
-    And a tax renewal and increase in the Miami Township Waste District.

Warren County has no candidates on the ballot, but several ballot issues, including Waynesville village tax renewals for police and street maintenance, an additional tax levy for Clearcreek Township and Springboro for fire and EMS service, an additional tax levy in the village of Carlisle, and an additional tax levy for the Carlisle Local School District.

Clermont County has an additional tax levy for the Milford Exempted Village School District on the ballot. Elections director Judy Miller said there are two voters in the Forest Park School District and their votes will be handled by Hamilton County.

Polls in Ohio are open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.

More information on Tuesday's election can be found at the websites for Hamilton County, Clermont County and Warren County.