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VAN WERT – Early voting for the Nov. 3 election began just over a week ago, but already 9 million Americans have exercised their right to vote according to Forbes. While there are major national and state contested races, locally, voters will see a slew of names running unopposed as well as two county-wide renewal levies and a new Van Wert City issue on the ballot.

For the presidential race, incumbent and 45th President Donald Trump will seek a four-year reelection with Vice-President Mike Pence. The pair are running against former Vice-President Joe Biden and California Senator Kamala Harris.

Also on the ballot for president are Libertarians Jo Jorgensen with Spike Cohen and Green Party affiliates Howie Hawkins with Angela Walker.

Ohio’s 5th District U.S. Congressman Bob Latta will be vying for reelection against new-comer Nick Rubando of Holland, Ohio.

Craig Riedel, who represents Ohio’s 82nd District for State Representative appears alone on the ballot. However, Haviland resident Elecia Wobler is running as an official write-in candidate. To cast a vote for a write-in candidate, voters must fill in the “write-in” bubble and spell out the candidate’s name on the line provided.

Ohio will also see contested races for Ohio Supreme Court Justices. John P. O’Donnell and Sharon L. Kennedy will be competing for the term commencing Jan. 1, 2021, while Judi French and Jennifer Brunner will be vying for the term commencing Jan. 2, 2021.

Mark C. Miller is running unopposed for the 3rd District Judge of the Court of Appeals, which has a full term commencing Feb. 9, 2021.

Diana M. Fessler is running unopposed for the 1st District Member of the State Board of Education.

All local candidates are running unopposed on the ballot. They are as follows:

Kevin H. Taylor for Juvenile/Probate Judge

Todd Wolfrum for County Commissioner

Stan Owen for County Commissioner

Eva J. Yarger for Prosecuting Attorney

Cynthia L. Mollenkopf for Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas

Thomas M. Riggenbach for Van Wert County Sheriff

Kim Huges for County Recorder

Jeff McIntosh for County Treasurer

Kyle J. Wendel for County Engineer

Scott W. Jarvis for Coroner

Van Wert City voters will be asked “shall a commission be chosen to frame a charter?” (to learn more about what a charter is, see the article titled “What is a Charter City?” in the Wednesday, Oct. 7 edition of The Times Bulletin). If voters vote “YES,” they are asked to choose 15 members for the Charter Commission which includes: Bob Laing, Nate Hoverman, Mariea Moreland, Scott Mull, Jim Sowers, Eric Hurless, Pat Crummey, Nathan Carnahan, Willie Eddins, Kathy Teman, Linda J. Hartman, Paul Hoverman, Randy Agler, Hugh Saunier, Dave Mosier, and Jordan Dettrow.

Two county-wide renewal levies will appear on the ballot.

Vantage Career Center is asking for a renewal of a tax for the benefit of the Vantage Career Center Joint Vocational School District for the purpose of permanent improvements at a rate not exceeding 0.7 mill for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to seven cents for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for five years, commencing in 2021, first due in calendar year 2022.

The Brumback Library is asking for a renewal of a tax for the benefit of the Van Wert County for the purpose of maintaining and operating the Brumback Library (excluding Delphos Public Library/School District) at a rate not exceeding 0.5 mill for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to five cents for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for five years, commencing in 2020, first due in calendar year 2021.

Several townships and villages will also see renewal levies on the ballot.

Those in Liberty Township and Ridge Township will both see renewal levies on the ballot pertaining to fire and EMS services.

Convoy voters will be asked to renew a levy for current expenses for Convoy Village as well as Tully Township. Union Township will be asked to renew a levy for current expenses for the Village of Scott. Village of Wren voters will see two renewal levies on their ballots in regard to the current expenses of the village.

Renewal levies do not create new taxes.

Early voting will continue until Nov. 2 at the Van Wert Board of Elections. Tuesday, Nov. 3 is election day. Polls will open at 6:30 a.m. and will close at 7:30 p.m. To see a copy of your ballot, find a polling location, or find out what time the Board of Elections is open for early voting, visit www.boe.ohio.gov/vanwert.