Gahanna area residents will see a myriad of issues and candidates on the ballot Nov. 4.

Gahanna area residents will see a myriad of issues and candidates on the ballot Nov. 4.

Along with five state issues, the presidential race and the bid for Congress' 12th district, voters will see a fire levy, two liquor options, a charter amendment and races for seats in the Ohio House of Representatives.

Republican incumbent Jim McGregor faces Democrat Nancy Garland in the race to represent the Ohio House of Representatives' 20th district.

Garland, a New Albany resident for the past six years, was raised on a farm in Washington Courthouse. She is an Ohio native but lived in Washington, D.C., for 23 years, working for two health-care organizations and advocating for patients and providers.

McGregor has lived in Gahanna for 30 years and worked for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for more than 10 years and the Civilian Conservation Corps. After he resigned from CCC, the Gahanna mayor at the time was recalled midterm. McGregor was appointed to fill the vacancy and won his first election in 1993.

McGregor was mayor for 18 years. In 2001, when David Goodman moved from state representative to Ohio Senate, a seat opened in the Ohio House.

In the 19th Ohio House district race, Democrat Marian L. Harris of Columbus hopes to build on the support she received in 2006 when she ran against incumbent Larry Flowers for the seat.

Term limits prevent Flowers from seeking re-election.

Harris will face Republican Brad Lewis, a Groveport resident who currently serves as Franklin County coroner.

The candidates for the 27th Ohio House district seat both desire change, but the two Columbus residents differ on how to make it occur.

Republican Jim Hunter, who is self-employed, will face Democrat W. Carlton Weddington, a Columbus school board member.

If elected, Weddington, 38, wants to focus on finding better ways to fund education, solve the economic crisis, retain and expand jobs and provide affordable health care.

Hunter wants to focus his energy on improving the economy and creating jobs, adding that education and health care also are key components of his candidacy.

The current representative for the 27th district is House minority leader Joyce Beatty, who cannot run because of term limits.

Voters from Ohio's 12th congressional district will have a Republican incumbent, a Democratic challenger and a third-party candidate to choose from.

Four-term Republican Rep. Pat Tiberi will face two challengers in his bid to remain a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for another two years.

Democrat and first-time political hopeful David Robinson and Libertarian candidate Steven Linnabary also will vie for Ohio's 12th congressional seat, which represents Delaware County and portions of Franklin and Licking counties.

Gahanna residents also will vote on a 3-mill replacement fire levy to support the Mifflin Township Fire Department. The Mifflin Township Fire Department provides fire and emergency medical services to the city of Gahanna and the unincorporated areas of the township.

According to the Franklin County Auditor's Office, the levy would cost a total of $91.88 per year for each $100,000 of assessed property value, or an increase of about $22 annually.

Voters in 2000 approved a 3-mill continuing levy that generates nearly $2.2-million per year. It is being collected at an effective rate of 2.3 mills. The replacement levy would generate an additional $900,000 per year for the general budget.

Residents in the unincorporated areas of the township will vote for a seventh time on a 4-mill road-improvements levy. Township officials believe this is the last time they will try to pass the levy. In the last attempt the levy lost by fewer than 10 votes.

If approved, the 4-mill levy would cost $123 for each $100,000 of assessed property value and would generate about $180,000 for paving and related work on the township's 14 miles of roads.

If passed, the levy would quadruple the township's current annual budget for roadwork and would be used to help procure federal grant money for larger projects, according to service director Calvin "Mac" McKnight.

Gahanna voters will see a liquor option for Sunday sales (10 a.m. to midnight) for Taverna Sanniti, or Milano's Italian Experience, 1330 N. Hamilton Road. However, Milano's has closed its doors and does not plan to reopen, according to Joe Milano Jr.

Gahanna residents will be asked to approve a liquor option for CH Inc., 1356 N. Hamilton Road, for Sunday sales (10 a.m. to midnight).

A proposed charter amendment also is on the ballot to amend the city charter to do away with competitive examinations for classified and unclassified service employees.

According to an ordinance passed by Gahanna City Council, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find competitive examinations that truly test a person's supervisory skills.

ThisWeek staff writers David Owen, Brittiny Dunlap and Nate Ellis contributed to this story.