Local voters will decide several legislative races Nov. 2, including one featuring two New Albany residents.

Local voters will decide several legislative races Nov. 2, including one featuring two New Albany residents.

In the 20th Ohio House District, incumbent Nancy Garland (D-New Albany) is being challenged by Republican Matt Carle, who also resides in the village.

Libertarian Lawrence Binsky of Bexley and write-in candidate Jacquelyn Thompson of Whitehall also are in the race.

Garland also serves as an adjunct professor with The Ohio State University. Carle is an attorney and the director of development for the Ohio College Access Network. Binsky owns a small business.

Many readers in ThisWeek's circulation area will see a second race for an Ohio House of Representatives seat on their ballots. Candidates in the 19th District are incumbent Democrat Marian Harris, Republican Anne Gonzales and Libertarian Michael Johnston.

Voters in the 3rd Ohio Senate District will decide whether to elect Republican Kevin Bacon, Democrat Mark Pfeifer or Libertarian William Yarbrough, a New Albany resident, to an open seat. David Goodman (R-New Albany) currently holds the seat but cannot seek re-election because of term limits.

While local ballots will include races for the state's top offices, including governor, New Albany residents will help decide who will succeed retiring U.S. Sen. George Voinovich. The candidates are Democrat Lee Fisher, Republican Rob Portman, Eric W. Deaton of the Constitution Party, Socialist Daniel H. LaBotz, Independent Michael L. Pryce and write-in Arthur T. Sullivan.

In the 12th Congressional District race, voters will choose among incumbent Republican Pat Tiberi, Democrat Paula Brooks and Libertarian Travis M. Irvine. Brooks lives in Upper Arlington, which is in the 15th Congressional District.

Two Franklin County races will be on the Nov. 2 ballot. Democrat Marilyn Brown and Republican Julie Hubler are seeking a seat on the Franklin County board of commissioners for a term starting Jan. 1, 2011. Three candidates are seeking election to be county auditor: Democrat Terry J. Brown, Libertarian Michael S. Blose and Republican Clarence Mingo, a New Albany resident.

Also on the ballot is Issue 4, a replacement of 2.2 mills and an increase of 0.6 mill for the Columbus Metropolitan Library. The 2.8 mills would replace a 2.2-mill levy that expires at the end of this year. According to library officials, it would cost taxpayers a total of about $86 per $100,000 of assessed property valuation per year.