Olentangy Valley News

It's time to decide: Ballots are packed for local voters

Southern Delaware County has been a hotbed of activity this political season, with candidates for several contested races competing for voters' approval.

Hopefuls for Powell City Council, Liberty and Orange township boards of trustees, and the Olentangy school board will vie for votes on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 5. Early and absentee voting began Oct. 1.

Incumbents Sara Marie Brenner, Tom Counts, Jim Hrivnak and Brian Lorenz will appear on the ballot with newcomers Frank Bertone and Daniel Swartwout to fill four open spots on Powell City Council.

Sarah Minto filed for Powell City Council candidacy but dropped out of the race last month. According to the Delaware County Board of Elections, Minto did not withdraw her name until after the electronic ballots were programmed and the absentee ballots were mailed. On Nov. 5, the electronic ballot will notify voters that any votes cast for Minto will not be counted. The same notification was sent with absentee ballots.

Two seats on the Liberty Township board of trustees will be vacated at the end of the year by trustees Mary Carducci and Curt Sybert. Five candidates are looking to fill the two spots: Shyra Eichhorn, former trustee Peggy Guzzo, John Hartman, Vince Margello and Tom Mitchell.

All Powell residents will be asked to cast votes for both City Council and Liberty Township trustees candidates.

Incumbents Debbie Taranto and Robert Quigley are campaigning to keep their seats on the Orange Township board of trustees. Also competing off for the two open seats are Bob Ruhlman, who ran for township trustee in 2011, and Angela Wilkerson.

Orange Township residents also will vote on a three-year, 1.5-mill renewal parks levy. The levy would raise about $1.54 million a year and continue to cost homeowners $46 annually per $100,000 in home value. The current three-year levy expires at the end of the year.

Delaware County polling locations will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5. Early absentee voting also continues from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday, Nov. 1, at the voting center, 149 E. Orange Road.

To find a polling location, visit www.co.delaware. oh.us/boe/electionday.html.

Results and stories will be posted at ThisWeekNews.com on Election Night.