Fairfield County Republicans will decide two primary election races and play a part in a third on May 4, while county Democrats also will weigh in on their candidates' bids for Congress.

Fairfield County Republicans will decide two primary election races and play a part in a third on May 4, while county Democrats also will weigh in on their candidates' bids for Congress.

Two state issues are also on the ballot. Issue 1 is a proposed constitutional amendment 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.

Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Republican primary elections will be held in races for Fairfield County auditor and Fairfield County commissioner.

Voters in Fairfield, Greene, Fayette, Perry, Ross, Franklin, Clark and Pickaway counties also will decide who the Republican and Democratic candidates for the 7th Congressional District will be in November.

In the Republican primary for county auditor, voters will choose from Lori Anderson, a Carroll resident and co-owner and office manager of BusinessPro Inc.; Ed Laramee, a Pickerington resident and current Fairfield County chief deputy auditor, and Fairfield County treasurer Jon Slater Jr., of Lancaster.

No Democrat or Independent candidate has filed to run for the offices as yet. That means the winner in next week's primary likely will replace current auditor Barbara Curtiss, who did not seek re-election after 16 years in office.

In the race for county commissioner, incumbent Mike Kiger of Lancaster is being challenged by Richland Township trustee and businessman Brian Oliver of Rushville in the GOP primary.

The winner will go on to face Democrat George Hallarn, a Greenfield Township trustee and owner of Deer Skinner Processing, in the November general election.

In the Republican primary for the 7th Congressional District, incumbent Republican Steve Austria will face fellow GOP candidate and retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel John Mitchel of Dayton.

In the Democratic primary for the 7th Congressional District, James John Barton of Pickerington, Bill Conner of Beavercreek and Olivia Freeman of Fairborn will square off.

The winners of those two primaries will face each other in the November general election. They also will be challenged by Libertarian John D. Anderson of Enon, Constitution Party candidate David W. Easton of Sidney and Independent Chad Kreemer of Canal Winchester.

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