Hilliard voters who go to the polls on election day will find a library levy and a couple of their neighbors on the ballot. Here's a preview.

Hilliard voters who go to the polls on election day will find a library levy and a couple of their neighbors on the ballot. Here's a preview.

Statewide offices

Democratic incumbent Ted Strickland and his Republican challenger, John Kasich from Westerville, are vying for governor of Ohio.

For Ohio attorney general, Democratic incumbent Richard Cordray from Grove City is running against Republican challenger Mike DeWine.

Current Auditor of State Mary Taylor would be lieutenant governor of Ohio if Kasich is elected. L. Michael Howard, a Libertarian from Westerville; Dave Yost, a Republican from Delaware; and Democrat David Pepper are vying to be the next state auditor.

Current Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner lost to Lee Fisher in the Democratic primary for U.S. senator; Maryellen O'Shaughnessy (Democrat) and Jon Husted (Republican) are seeking the post.

Fisher and Rob Portman (Republican) are the major party candidates for the U.S. Senate seat currently occupied by retiring Republican Sen. George Voinovich.

To represent Ohio's 15th District, which includes Hilliard, Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy is running against Republican challenger Steve Stivers in a rematch of 2008's close race.

Incumbent Treasurer of State Kevin Boyce (Democrat) faces challenger Josh Mandel (Republican). Also running is Hilliard Libertarian Matthew Cantrell, who was endorsed by The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

County and judicial seats

Franklin County Commissioner Marilyn Brown (Democrat) is running for re-election against challenger Julie Hubler, a Republican from Dublin.

Incumbent county Auditor Clarence Mingo (Republican) is running against Democratic challenger Terry J. Brown.

Fourteen judicial posts are being contested. In one of the races, Kim Doucher of Hilliard is running for judge, general division of the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas against incumbent Kimberly Cocroft.

Ohio House of Representatives

State Rep. and Assistant Minority Whip Cheryl Grossman will seek her second term in the 23rd District, which includes Hilliard, Grove City, parts of Dublin and western Franklin County. Her opponents are Democrat Steven Harp and Libertarian Casey D. Borders.

In the 24th District (Upper Arlington, Grandview Heights, and Columbus portions of the Hilliard School District), Republican Nathan Larger of Hilliard is running against Democratic incumbent Ted Celeste for state representative.

Local levies and option

On Issue 4, the Columbus Metropolitan Library's proposed tax levy would be a replacement of 2.2 mills with an increase of 0.6 mills for a continuing period of time. Passage of the levy would add $5.24 per month on a $100,000 residential property.

According to the library's web site, "without a new levy on the ballot, the library will lose more than half its budget. At the same time, library use continues to increase and state funding has been cut dramatically. Since 2008, Columbus Metropolitan Libraries have made $11-million in cuts to deal with the state's funding decrease. Without the funds, they could be forced to close half our branches. Of the library's 21 branches, Hilliard is the busiest.

A fact sheet from the library states, "The levy is the only local support (for instance, we don't receive any revenue from city income taxes) and it has been 24 years since Columbus Metropolitan Library has had an increase in local funding."

Neighboring Washington Township is seeking a fire protection levy that would be a replacement of 7.25 mills with an increase of 1 mill to constitute a tax of 8.25 mills for five years. According to the township, "If approved, the levy will generate an estimated $2-million and will enable the fire department to maintain the fire and EMS services at their current level."

More than 2,900 voters in the Hilliard City School District are Washington Township residents.

The sole local option in Hilliard is for the Overtime Sports Pub on Cosgray Road, seeking Sunday sales from 10 a.m.-midnight.