Most candidates will be unopposed in May 6 primary

By Art Hunter

The Feb. 5 filing deadline for the upcoming May 6 primary election has passed and most of the candidates who will appear on the ballot will be unopposed.

The one exception will be the race for County Commissioner, term beginning Jan. 1, 2015. In that race, incumbent Republican commissioner David Uible will be facing fellow Republican David Painter.

Incumbent Clermont County Auditor Linda Fraley, a Republican, will be unopposed in the primary.

Probate/Juvenile Judge James Shriver will also be running unopposed.

First term State Representative for the 65th District John Becker will be unopposed in the Republican primary. Charlie Carlier, a Democrat, is running unopposed in the 65th District primary race and will face Becker in November.

First term State Representative for the 66th District Doug Green is running unopposed in the Republican primary. Ken McNeely Jr. is running unopposed as a Democrat and will face Green in November.

Judge Robert Ringland is running unopposed in the primary to retain his seat on the 12th District Court of Appeals. Also running in the primary for Court of Appeals Judge for the 12th District is Robert Hendrickson, who will run against Ringland in November.

There will be several local questions on the May 6 ballot.

The village of New Richmond is running a 5-year, 1 mill additional tax levy for the maintaining and operation of cemeteries.

The village of Bethel is running a continuing 1 mill replacement police and communications tax levy.

The city of Milford is running an renewal tax levy of 12.5 mills for three years for fire and EMS.

The city of Loveland is running an additional, continuing tax levy of 1.75 mills, for fire and EMS services.

Goshen Township is running an additional, 5-year tax levy of 3.5 mills or fire and EMS services.

Central committee candidates from both parties, representing all of the county’s 166 voting precincts, will also be on the ballot. The board is currently certifying those candidates’ petitions.

Clermont County Board of Elections Director Judy Miller said that write-in and independent candidates may appear on the May 6 ballot.

She said that the deadlines for write-in and independent candidates are later than the regular filing deadline. Write-in candidates for the primary election must file with the board of elections by 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, and independent candidates must file by 4 p.m. Monday, May 5.

Miller also said that more poll workers are needed for the May 6 primary election.

“Candidates for these positions must be registered to vote in Clermont County, and cannot have felony convictions,” Miller said.

Anyone interested in applying should call the Clermont County Board of Elections office at (513) 732-2511.