Licking County News

Races for mayor, City Council top Nov. 5 ballot


Local voters' Nov. 5 ballots will include several different races and issues, but all Pataskala residents will vote on a mayoral race that pits the incumbent against a member of City Council and a city resident.

Mayor Steve Butcher is running for a third term in office against Councilman Mike Compton and resident Terry Beekman.

Pataskala voters also will elect at least one new City Council member because Merissa McKinstry chose not to seek re-election to her at-large seat.

The two incumbent City Council members, C. Bernard Brush and Bryan Lenzo, are being challenged by Todd Barstow, Timothy Hickin and Jack Treinish.


School district races

Southwest Licking voters will decide a bond issue and a school board race with five candidates for three seats, but Licking Heights voters will see no contested races or issues.

The Southwest Licking's 6.04-mill tax issue would help the district begin a $109-million construction and renovation project that would be aided by $42.5 million in state funds, district officials say, leaving about $66.5 million to the taxpayers.

The bond would cost about $211 per year per $100,000 of assessed property value.

The Southwest Licking school board race includes incumbents Don Huber and Roger Zeune and challengers Daniel Bell, Andy Leachman and John Vincent.

The third seat belonged to Cindy Zaino, who resigned in July. Former board member Brad Williams was appointed to finish her term, but he was not eligible to run.

Meanwhile, the Licking Heights race is a field of three: incumbents Matthew Satterwhite and Richard Wand and Blacklick resident Tracy Russ.

Mark Loth chose not to run for re-election and Russ, Satterwhite and Wand were the only candidates to file for the election.


Etna Township

In Etna Township, trustee incumbents John Carlisle and Randy Foor will be challenged by Kathy Johnston.

Carlisle and Foor both were elected in 2009.

Johnston serves on the township's board of zoning appeals.


Liquor options

Three Sunday-sales liquor options also will be on the ballot in Pataskala. They are:

* In Precinct 1-A, to allow Jimmy V's Grill and Pub, 14211 E. Broad St., to sell wine, mixed beverages and liquor between 10 a.m. and midnight Sundays.

* In Precinct 1-B, to allow Puerto Vallarta, 100 Emswiler Way, to sell wine, mixed beverages and liquor between 11 a.m. and midnight Sundays.

* In Precinct 3-B, to allow High Lands, 10391 Hollow Road, to sell wine, mixed beverages and liquor between 10 a.m. and midnight Sundays.



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