General election ballot outlined
ST. CLAIRSVILLE — This Nov. 5, Belmont County residents will have a full slate of candidates running in several contested races.
∫ MAYORAL RACES ∫
One high-profile contest is the four-way mayoral race in St. Clairsville, with incumbent mayor Terry Pugh running against council President Tim Porter and residents Bill Brooks and Kathryn Thalman.
A significant point of contention is the future of water and wastewater service in the city, with Pugh in favor of privatization — selling the aging infrastructure to the state-regulated private entity Aqua Ohio.
The other three oppose that process to varying degrees. All three challengers have voiced support for an independent study to confirm the state of the water system, costs associated with upgrading it and options for maintaining local control.
Meanwhile, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has notified the county seat that action must be taken.
The coming weeks will determine whether this decision is made prior to the election, with the first readings of a resolution to proceed with privatization and another to seek an independent study expected Monday.
Residents of Martins Ferry will also have a choice between incumbent Mayor Robert Krajnyak and candidate John R. Davies.
The mayoral race in Bethesda has three candidates, with Samantha M. Burkhead, Jordan L. Castello and Linda Reeves vying for the seat. Incumbent Martin Lucas is not seeking re-election.
Holloway’s mayoral race is also contested, between Kathy Neilson and Joseph E. Schaeffer.
Yorkville’s mayoral race will see Dana A. Brown face off against Sandy Reasbeck.
∫ COUNCIL SEATS∫
There are five contenders for three at-large seats on St. Clairsville City Council. Linda Jordan, Beth Oprisch, Mike Smith, Perry Jones and Mark Poindexter are in the race.
In Bellaire, Elizabeth A. Dugmore, Jerry Fisher and write-in candidate Daniel L. Young will race for two seats on the village council.
Carl Thomas Bober Jr., Preston Eberhart and Robert Eberhart Jr. are racing for two seats on Flushing Village Council.
Powhatan Point candidates Joseph A. Asturi, H. Brady Dierkes and David L. Walters are also in the race for two seats.
∫ TOWNSHIP TRUSTEES AND OFFICERS ∫
George M. Kepreos, Ralph E. King and Dennis Morrison will contend for Colerain Township trustee.
Matt Cain and Shawn Thompson will race for Goshen Township trustee.
Roger L. Weaver and Wayne West are in the race for Pease Township trustee.
Gregory Clark, Thomas W. Costine, Carl Lehman and Todd W. Witchey are contending for Richland Township trustee.
Jim Drake and Nancy J. Lucas are in the race to be Union Township’s fiscal officer.
Shane M. Kildow and John J. Spiga Jr. are contending for Union Township trustee.
Martin D. Hissom and Tim Smith are in the race for Warren Township trustee.
Bobbi Jo Billetter, Lisa J. Jenewein and Shaun Leach are racing for the office of Wayne Township fiscal officer.
∫ SCHOOL BOARDS ∫
Charles Jason Ayers, Bill Marinelli and Mike Wallace contend for two seats on the Bellaire Local Board of Education.
Teresa George, April Ogden and Joseph A. Zelek are in the race for two seats in the Buckeye Local School District.
Jerry E. Moore, Kori L. Rosnick and Michael Walters are seeking two seats on the Bridgeport Exempted Village Board of Education.
Edward Henry Banks III, Tracy Marie Mattern and John Eastman Visser are racing for two seats in the Harrison Hills City School District.
Dominic B. DeFelice, Ben Heslop, Donna Joseph and Randy J. Merryman are contending for three seats in the Shadyside Local School District.
Beverly Baumberger Anderson, Kenneth E. Darby, Robert L. Putsock, Denise Riley, Greg Schumacher, Raymond A. Williams and Ron Winkler are racing for three seats on the Switzerland of Ohio Board of Education.
Alan Bretz, Terry A. Puperi and Shaun Roe run for two seats on the Union Local Board of Education.
No candidates have filed for board of public affairs seats in Belmont, Bridgeport and Holloway; village council seats in Fairview; the clerk-treasurer of Wilson; Kirkwood Township’s fiscal officer; two seats on the Ohio Valley Educational Service Center; or for the mayoral seats of Powhatan Point and Wilson.
∫ Issues ∫
The city of Martins Ferry will have an additional 3-mill five-year levy for ambulance service, emergency medical service and payment of salaries.
The village of Flushing will have one 5-mill five-year renewal levy for providing and maintaining fire apparatus, appliances, buildings or sites, purchase of ambulance equipment or provision of ambulance paramedic or other services.
The village of Holloway will have one 2.5 mill five-year renewal levy for purchasing emergency squad and fire department equipment.
The village of Shadyside will have one 4-mill five-year renewal levy for current expenses and one additional 1.5-mill continuous levy for providing and maintaining motor vehicles, communications and other equipment used directly in the operation of police and payment of salaries of permanent personnel.
Flushing Township will have one 2.5-mill five-year additional levy for road and bridge maintenance.
Goshen Township will have one 2-mill continuous additional levy for general construction, reconstruction, resurfacing and repair of roads and bridges.
Kirkwood Township will have one 0.5-mill five-year renewal levy for fire protection.
Mead Township will have one 1-mill five-year renewal levy for construction, reconstruction and resurfacing and repair of roads.
Pease Township will have one 0.5-mill five-year renewal levy, excluding the villages of Bridgeport, Brookside, Yorkville and the city of Martins Ferry.
Wayne Township will have one 1.45-mill five-year renewal levy for general construction, reconstruction, resurfacing and repairing of roads and bridges.
Wheeling Township will have one 1.2-mill five-year renewal levy for general construction, reconstruction, resurfacing and repairing of roads and bridges.
Bridgeport Exempt Village School District will have one 6-mill five-year renewal levy for current operating expenses.
Shadyside Local School District will have one 5-mill five-year renewal levy for current expenses.
The voters of Barton Crescent Fire District 5 will decide if the territory within the unincorporated village of Maynard be added to Barton Crescent Fire District 5 and if one 5-mill continuous levy is imposed.
Colerain Township will vote whether to allow the Sunday sale of wine and mixed beverages and liquor between 10 a.m. and midnight at B&L Properties LLC in Barton.
Richland Township will vote whether to allow the Sunday sale of wine and mixed beverages and liquor between 10 a.m. and midnight at the Belmont Hills Country Club in St. Clairsville.