June 30, 2016

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Five contested races, two school levies on Tuesday’s primary ballot

Medina County voters will have five contested races to decide, along with two school levies, in Tuesday’s primary.

Republican voters will choose their nominee for the Ohio House’s 69th District. Candidates are longtime Medina County Commissioner Steve Hambley and self-employed contractor Chris Sawicki. The winner will face Democrat Richard Javorek in the November general election.

Republicans also will select a nominee for the 70th House District between incumbent Rep. Dave Hall and Ashland educator Tom Lavinder. The winner in that race will challenge Democrat James Riley in November.

In the race for a Medina County Common Pleas judgeship, Republicans will decide between Wadsworth attorney Michael Callow and former Brunswick mayor Gary Werner. Whoever wins will face off against Democrat Joyce Kimbler, who’s running to replace her husband, who decided not to run again.

Democrats will see two contested races on their ballots.

Former Ohio House representative Pete Crossland will take on software developer James Donenwirth for the nomination for the 16th Congressional House District. The winner will face incumbent U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci in November.

Democrats also will vote for their nominee to face Republican Gov. John Kasich. Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald will face Larry Ealy in the primary, and the winner will face Kasich and Libertarian nominee Charlie Earl.

On the local issues ballot, voters will decide two school levies, a city road levy and a township gas bargaining question.

Brunswick City Schools is asking voters to approve a 6.1-mill, eight-year renewal levy that would collect $5.7 million annually. The millage would change each year based on property values.

Cloverleaf Local Schools wants residents to vote yes for a 10-year, 3.5-mill property tax and 0.75 percent earned income tax levy. The levies would generate a combined $4.6 million each year.

Brunswick city has a 1.2-mill, 10-year additional road levy on the ballot, which would generate $780,000 per year.

Voters living in the county’s 17 townships will decide Issue 5, which would grant county commissioners the ability to bargain for gas prices on behalf of township residents.

Voters across the state will decide Issue 1, a proposed Constitutional amendment to authorize the state to issue up to $1.875 billion in general obligation bonds over 10 years to fund infrastructure improvements.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.

Nick Glunt About Nick Glunt

Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.