Fairfield County Republicans and Democrats will have the opportunity to weigh in on races for county, state and Congressional offices during next Tuesday's primary election.

Fairfield County Republicans and Democrats will have the opportunity to weigh in on races for county, state and Congressional offices during next Tuesday's primary election.

On March 6, voters from throughout Fairfield County will participate in Republican primary elections for county prosecutor and clerk of courts, as well as for the U.S. House of Representatives 15th District.

Likewise, county Democrats will select a candidate for the Ohio House of Representatives 20th District, who will go on to compete for the state office in November.

In the race for Fairfield County prosecutor, current prosecutor Gregg Marx is seeking the Republican nomination, as is Lancaster law director and city prosecutor Terre Vandervoort. Both have been endorsed by the Fairfield County Republican Party.

Marx, 56, was appointed prosecutor last May following former prosecutor David Landefeld's retirement. Prior to that, he served as the county's assistant prosecutor since December 1982.

Vandervoort, 47, has been Lancaster's law director and city prosecutor since 1996. She also was Lancaster's assistant city prosecutor from 1992-96.

In the race for Fairfield County clerk of courts, incumbent Deborah Smalley will face John A. Bowman in the Republican primary.

Smalley, 59, has been clerk of courts for the past seven years. She is seeking a third term in office.

Bowman, 64, retired as a captain with the Lancaster Fire Department and is a former program coordinator for the Lancaster Community Development Department. He currently is in his 20th year as zoning administrator for Pleasant Township.

Fairfield County Democrats on March 6 will nominate their party's candidate to run in November to represent the Ohio House 20th District. Candidates are Heather Bishoff, a Gahanna-Jefferson Board of Education member, and Marco Miller, a U.S. Air Force veteran who retired from the Columbus Division of Fire after 25 years.

The two are vying for a seat currently held by New Albany resident Nancy Garland. After recent redistricting shifted the 20th House District from primarily northeastern to primarily southeastern Franklin County communities, Garland announced that she would not seek a third term.

The 38-year-old Bishoff, from Blacklick, is a small-business owner who has worked in the financial industry for 18 years. Last November, she received the most votes of five candidates for the Gahanna-Jefferson Board of Education.

Miller, 62, lives in Canal Winchester. He is a past president of the International Association of Firefighters Local 67 and was a Groveport Madison school board member from 1993-97.

The winner of the Bishoff-Miller primary is expected to face Republican Nathan Burd in the November election.

In the race for the U.S. House's 15th District, incumbent U.S. Rep Steve Stivers will face challenger Charles Chope for the Republican nomination.

The winner will face either Pat Lang or Scott Wharton, both Democrats, and Independent Warren Taylor, who owns Snowville Creamery in Meigs County, in the November general election.

The old 15th District included half of Franklin County and all of Madison and Union counties. The newly redrawn 15th District still includes all of Madison and part of Franklin County. It also includes all of Clinton, Fairfield, Hocking, Morgan, Perry, Pickaway and Vinton counties, as well as parts of Athens, Fayette and Ross counties.

Stivers, 46, worked in the banking industry before becoming a state senator from 2003-08. He is a lieutenant colonel in the Ohio Army National Guard, with 26 years of service, and served in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Chope, 48, did not respond to written requests from ThisWeek to provide information about his candidacy. According to The Columbus Dispatch, Chope is an Upper Arlington resident and self-employed investor.