Two state issues, primary races for the 3rd Ohio Senate district and the 7th Congressional district and two local liquor options are among the May 4 ballot items for Canal Winchester residents.

Two state issues, primary races for the 3rd Ohio Senate district and the 7th Congressional district and two local liquor options are among the May 4 ballot items for Canal Winchester residents.

Also on the ballot are a Democratic Party primary between Jennifer Brunner and Lee Fisher for a U.S. Senate term beginning Jan.1, 2011; a Republican Party primary between Jon Husted and Sandra O'Brien to be Ohio Secretary of State; and a Republican primary race between David A. Yost and Seth Morgan for the right to represent the party in November's race to be state auditor.

On the state level, there is a proposed constitutional amendment (State Issue 1) to authorize the issuance of $700-million in bonds to continue the Ohio Third Frontier Program, an economic development program for high-tech businesses and jobs.

State Issue 2 is a constitutional amendment to move the location of a Columbus casino voters approved last November from the Arena District to the former Delphi plant on Columbus's West Side.

The two local options are both for Speedway, 290 Bowen Road. One would allow weekday sales of alcohol and one would allow Sunday sales from 11 a.m. to midnight.

Seven Democrats, including Canal Winchester resident Star Johnson, are seeking the party's nomination to run in November for the 3rd Ohio Senate seat now held by Republican David Goodman of New Albany. Goodman cannot seek re-election because of term limits.

Other Democrats on the ballot next week are Cortez Bogard, Roxyanne Burrus, Bev Campbell, Ben Kessler, Mark Pfeifer and Jim Wiley.

Libertarian William Yarborough and Republican Kevin Bacon are running unopposed in the primary. Bacon currently represents the 21st District in the Ohio House of Representatives.

Three Democrats and two Republicans are seeking their parties' nominations May 4 to run in November for the 7th Congressional District seat now held by Republican Steve Austria.

The Democrats are James John Barton, Bill Conner and Olivia Freeman. Austria is seeking re-election and is being challenged in the primary by John Mitchel.

Constitution Party candidate David W. Easton and Libertarian John D. Anderson are unopposed in the primary.

Canal Winchester residents who live in the Fairfield County portions of the village will also vote in May 4 Republican primary elections for Fairfield County auditor and commissioner.

Republicans Lori A. Anderson, Ed Laramee and Ed Slater are in the race to be county auditor. Incumbent county commissioner Mike Kiger is being challenged in his re-election bid by fellow Republican Brian Oliver. The winner will face Democrat George C. Hallam in November.