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Lawrence County election lineup set

August 18, 2018

IRONTON — Renewal of a current expenses levy in South Point, two local option elections and two fire levies are among the issues voters will decide in the November general election, according to the Lawrence County Board of Elections.

Other issues on the fall ballot include a county commissioner’s race, a county auditor’s race, a common pleas judge’s race and a state representative race.

The filing deadline for the fall election was Monday.

County Auditor Jason Stephens, a Republican, faces Jason Tolliver, a Democrat, for a four-year term as county auditor.

County Commissioner Freddie L. Hayes Jr., a Republican, faces Bob McCollister, a Democrat, for a four-year term as county commissioner.

Meanwhile, Samantha Thomas-Bush has filed as a Democratic candidate for the 93rd District race as state representative. The two-year seat currently is held by Ryan Smith, R-Gallipolis. Smith, seeking his fourth term in the state Legislature, currently serves as speaker of the Ohio House.

In South Point, Mayor Jeff Gaskin said it’s crucial to approve a three mill current expenses levy on the ballot this fall.

“It has been renewed every year for the past 30 years,” Gaskin said.

The levy provides more than $200,000 per year, said Chris Kline, deputy county auditor.

Gaskin said the money goes toward street lighting, police expenses and semi-annual cleanups.

“It is very important for services people have become accustomed to,” he said.

Both Elizabeth Township and Windsor Township are seeking five-year renewals of fire levies.

Katimalis, a Proctorville restaurant, and Eagle Rock Carryout in Athalia are seeking permission to sell beer, wine and mixed beverages by the glass, according to the board of elections.

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