Three candidates will run unopposed in the primary election for the 20th District Ohio House seat.

Three candidates will run unopposed in the primary election for the 20th District Ohio House seat.

Incumbent Nancy Garland (D-New Albany), Gahanna attorney and Republican Matthew Carle and Bexley businessman and Libertarian Lawrence Binsky likely will face each other in the November general election.

Garland defeated Gahanna resident and incumbent Jim McGregor for the seat in 2008 and states on her Web site that she is running for re-election because "more work remains to be done and more progress must be made, particularly in our quest to stimulate job creation and stabilize the economy in these rough economic times."

A mother of two, Garland is a clinical assistant professor at the Ohio State University School of Allied Medical Professions. Prior to being elected in 2008, she worked as the chief executive officer for the Ohio Physical Therapy Association for seven years.

Carle serves as the director of development and community relations for the Ohio College Access Network (OCAN). Information from Carle states "he oversees fundraising efforts to provide need-based scholarships and internships to low-income and first-generation college students."

He said Ohio's economy is one of the reasons he decided to run for the state legislature, saying many of Ohio's college graduates leave the state after graduation.

"Ohio's economic outlook is bleak at best," Carle said. "With college graduates fleeing the state in search of work and thousands of other Ohioans struggling to put food on the table, every ounce of our government's energy must be focused on bringing new, good-paying jobs to Ohio and protecting the ones we already have."

Carle is a graduate of Westerville North High School and graduated from the Ohio State University and Capital University Law School. Carle's press release states he and his wife live in Gahanna, but his address listed with the Franklin County Board of Elections is New Albany.

Binsky said he decided to run for his first public office because in the past 10 years nothing has improved, no matter which political party has been in control of the legislature.

Binsky has lived in Ohio since age 13 and currently resides in Bexley with his wife and five children. He owns a vending company and said he employs 21 people. He is running as a Libertarian, having become disenchanted with the Republican Party last summer and deciding to join the Libertarians, he said.

He said Ohio has become an unfriendly place for companies to do business and that he wants to change that.

"It needs to become a much more friendly place for companies to locate their businesses," Binsky said.

He said he would like to see Ohio join other states in privatizing Workers' Compensation and stop raising fees and taxes that affect local businesses. He said many businesses have left and others have declined to come to Ohio, which hurts existing businesses.

"Many existing businesses depend on new businesses coming here to grow," he said.

Many issues also on the ballot

In addition to candidates, voters will see several tax issues on the May ballot.

The Gahanna Jefferson Public School District has approved a three-year, 9-mill operating levy.

Board members considered the district's five-year forecast, which is expected to show a negative balance in fiscal year 2011 if voters do not approve additional operating expenses.

The district cut $1-million from this school year's budget, but Superintendent Gregg Morris told the school board any more cuts could begin to negatively affect the classroom.

The levy is estimated to generate $13,375,000 a year by the first full year of collections. Estimates show it would cost an additional $275.63 for every $100,000 of assessed property value.

Only six-tenths of a mill of the May levy would be devoted to Clark Hall, the new high school building the district is constructing on 6.8 acres at Hamilton Road and Granville Street.

Jefferson Township has two levies on the May ballot. Township administrator Ellen Walker said the five-year, 1-mill levy for fire protection is a renewal.

"It's fairly routine," she said. "The current levy is being collected at about half the rate."

She said the levy pays for operations and equipment.

"I think the residents are very supportive of the fire department," she said.

The other levy is a five-year, 1-mill additional levy for current expenses. Walker said the township does not have a roads levy in place, and trustees see the need to repair roads in older subdivisions. The township has been using inheritance taxes to maintain roads, she said. As those have decreased and local government funds have continued to drop, she said, the trustees determined that the township would need more funds to devote to roads maintenance.

During their Feb. 23 meeting, trustees were expected to vote on legislation to commit funding from the additional levy for current expenses to road maintenance and park development. Walker said the trustees would devote 75 percent of the levy funding to roads and 25 percent to parks.

She said the township has purchased land for parks but has not been able to develop the land. She said the township had used grants from the Clean Ohio Preservation Fund to buy parkland, and trustees have wanted to develop a community center on property obtained through the zoning department.

Walker said estimates show the levy for current expenses could generate $488,233 annually, and the fire-levy renewal would generate $366,877.

Mifflin Township also has a levy on the May ballot: a five-mill levy for police protection. The township is requesting a 3-mill replacement levy with an increase of 2 mills for its police district. It is anticipated to generate $234,592 annually and would cost an additional $154 a year for every $100,000 of assessed property value, according to the Franklin County Auditor's Office.