Franklin County and Columbus voters will be faced with a range of races and issues on the Nov. 8 general-election ballot.

Franklin County and Columbus voters will be faced with a range of races and issues on the Nov. 8 general-election ballot.

Among the most watched races, incumbent Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien will square off against challenger Zach Klein, president of Columbus City Council.

O'Brien, a Republican, has served in the office for 20 years. He has repeatedly criticized Klein, a Democrat, for having never prosecuted a criminal case in court.

Klein, meanwhile, said he believes he brings a fresh approach to the office and contends that O'Brien has become complacent.

John O'Grady and current state Rep. Kevin Boyce will represent the Democrats in the race for Franklin County commissioner.

O'Grady, an incumbent, is seeking his third four-year term. He will face newcomer Whitney Smith, a Republican.

Boyce, who represents the 25th Ohio House District, is challenging Terry Boyd, a Republican who ran unsuccessfully for Columbus mayor last year. Boyce defeated incumbent Paula Brooks in the primary.

Columbus City Schools is asking voters to approve Issue 57, a 6.92-mill levy. The lion's share of the money, 5.58 mills, generating about $50 million annually, will be earmarked for operating and staffing expenses.

Another 0.84 mill would allow CCS to borrow up to $125 million total over the next five years to address deferred maintenance, or projects that have been "put off too long," district spokesman Scott Varner said.

Also part of the request is 0.5 mill, which would generate $4.4 million annually for ongoing maintenance.

Issue 57 would cost district residents an additional $242 annually on a home valued at $100,000 by the Franklin County Auditor's Office.

The city of Columbus is seeking approval of Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4, which would allow the city to issue bonds raising $950 million.

Issue 1 dedicates $310 million for public service. Issue 2 commits $110 million for recreation and parks. Issue 3 devotes $70 millions for public safety and public health. Issue 4 pledges $460 millions to public utilities.

Approving the bonds will not raise taxes, city officials said. Voter approval allows the city to borrow the money at a lower interest rate.

The Central Ohio Transit Authority is asking voters for Issue 60 -- a 10-year, 0.25 percent sales-tax renewal, which will bring in an estimated $62 million to $65 million annually.

It would be collected in tandem with the transit authority's 0.25 percent permanent sales tax, which draws in the same amount of money.

The vote will include all of Franklin County and small portions of Delaware, Union, Licking and Fairfield counties.

Republican Daphne Hawk is running against Democrat Danny O'Connor for Franklin County Recorder.

Both are looking to replace Terry Brown, whom O'Connor defeated in the primary.

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