Issues and candidates face local voters in May election


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Wood County voters will face some decisions come May 8.

Today was the filing deadline at the Wood County Board of Elections for any issues or candidates to appear on the primary election ballot.

Voters in Bowling Green will help decide the fate of a school bond issue, county park district levy, and a liquor option for a restaurant.

One countywide issue will appear on the ballot:

  • Wood County Park District is seeking a 1-mill renewal levy, lasting 10 years. The levy revenue will be used for operating, improving, conserving and protecting the district’s existing parks. The millage is the same as when last passed 10 years ago for the county parks. For the last decade, the levy has generated about $2.8 million a year. That amount is expected to grow to $3 million a year because of new construction in the county.

Two school districts in the county will be going before voters:

  • Bowling Green City School District is seeking approval for a bond issue, of 5.7 mills for 37 years, to raise $71,990,000 for construction of school facilities. The funding would pay for the construction of one consolidated elementary school, plus renovations and an addition to the existing high school building.
  • Eastwood Local School District has filed for a replacement tax levy, of 2 mills for five years, for general permanent improvements.

One city issue was filed in Wood County:

  • Perrysburg is asking for renewal of a tax levy for 0.8 mills, for five years, for public transportation services.

Two other issues were filed with the board of elections:

  • Sunset Bistro, a restaurant at 1220 W. Wooster St., Suite A, Bowling Green, is seeking a local liquor option that would allow Sunday sales.
  • South East Ambulance District has filed for an additional tax levy of 6.5 mills, for five years, for providing funds for ambulance service and emergency medical services.

Wednesday was also the deadline for a few candidates appearing on the May ballot, including state representative, county commissioner, county auditor and a common pleas judgeship.

The three candidates filing for the state representative seat for the Third Ohio House District are:

  • John E. Clemons, Northwood, Republican.
  • Theresa A. Gavarone, Bowling Green, Republican.
  • Daniel J. Gordon, Bowling Green, Democrat.

Two candidates filing for the Wood County Auditor position are:

  • Matthew Oestreich, Wayne, Republican.
  • Buddy Ritson, Walbridge, Democrat.

The one candidate filing for the Wood County Common Pleas judge seat currently held by Reeve Kelsey is:

  • Molly Mack, Perrysburg, Republican.

The one candidate filing for Wood County Commissioner is:

  • Doris Herringshaw, Bowling Green, Republican.

The filing deadline for partisan write-in candidates is Feb. 26, at 4 p.m. The deadline for independent county and general assembly candidates is May 7, at 4 p.m.