Primary Election Voting in Ohio

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BRUNSWICK, OHIO – Election day is approaching fast for citizens living in the state of Ohio. On Tuesday, May 8, 2018, candidates will be facing off in the primary election for Federal, State, and County positions, and they will be joined with several city and school district issues on the May ballot. One of the highlights of this primary election is the gubernatorial race: the race for governor.

Ohio is an open primary system, which does not require voters to register with a political party prior to voting in that party primary. Ohio residents simply select their preferred party primary ballots at the polls on election day.

Six Democrat, one Green Party, and two Republican candidates will compete with each other to see who can win their party primary on Tuesday for governor. The purpose of the primary is to allow voters to nominate which candidate they would like to see run in the general election against the opposing parties.

Republicans Mike DeWine and Mary Taylor are facing off on Tuesday. DeWine, age 71, currently serves as the Ohio Attorney General, and he has previously served as a United States Senator (1995-2007), lieutenant governor (1991-1994), congressman (1983-1991), state senator (1981-1982) and county prosecutor (1977-1981). DeWine opposes same-sex marriage and all abortions.

In 2006, DeWine co-sponsored Senator Chuck Schumer’s bill to extend a federal assault-weapons earning him an “F” rating from the National Rifle Association (NRA). He also supported a 2006 immigration-reform bill that would help create a pathway to citizenship for some illegal immigrants. Now, flipping sides, he has been working hard to regain NRA’s supporters trust, and he has not called for any new weapons bans and now has a “B” rating from the NRA. He also no longer supports immigration-reform pathways to citizenship. His campaign is focused on ending the opioid epidemic, improving early childhood education, and holding his anti-abortion stance.

Republican Mary Taylor, 52, currently serves as lieutenant governor and has previously served as an Ohio Auditor (2007-2011), state representative (2003-2006) and a city councilwoman (2001-2003). Taylor is a strong conservative showing unwavering support for the second amendment, limited government, President Trump’s border wall, and bans on abortion. Taylor has an “A” rating from the NRA.

Democrats Richard Cordray, Bill O’Neill, Dennis Kucinich, Joe Schiavoni, Paul Ray, and Larry Ealy are competing to be the Democratic Nominee. Cordray, 58, was a former director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (2012-2017), attorney general (2009-2010), treasurer (2007-2009), county treasurer (2002-2007), Ohio solicitor general (1993-1996) and served in the Ohio House of Representatives (1991-1992).

Cordray is proud of his work as a federal watchdog that punishes banks, credit-card companies, and payday lenders for acting incorrectly. He has been a constant critic of Wall Street, and Republicans have worked to dismantle his agency. He has butted heads with President Trump himself.

Cordray does not support an assault weapons ban but supports finding bipartisan solutions on background checks, mental health treatments, and harsher penalties for illegal gun sales. He currently has a “C-” rating from the NRA dropped from an “A” rating in 2010. As attorney general, he defended a state law that banned cities from enacting gun control measures. Cordray is focusing on ending the opioid crisis, small business, health care, clean energy, gun law reform, and free community college.

Bill O’Neill was a former Ohio Supreme Court justice (2013-2017), appeals court judge (1997-2007) and assistant attorney general (1984-1996). O’Neill ripped Cleveland Browns players for kneeling in protest during the national anthem, and later deleted his post, but still supports his comments. O’Neill also posted on Facebook defending now-resigned Senator Al Franken, who was accused of sexual harassment and assault. O’Neill is focused on legalizing marijuana, ending the opioid crisis, increasing the minimum wage, and reducing the cost of four-year colleges.

Dennis Kucinich, 71, served in Congress (1997-2013), the Ohio Senate (1995-1996), as Cleveland mayor (1977-1979), Cleveland clerk of courts (1975) and in Cleveland City Council (1969-1973).

Kucinich supports ending American involvement in foreign wars, ending trade deals like NAFTA, and pushing for universal health care and raising the federal minimum wage. While serving as mayor, critics point out the city of Cleveland’s debt dramatically increased. Kucinich supports a women’s right to abortion and he currently has an “F” rating from the NRA. He is focusing on women’s rights, criminal justice reform, infrastructure and public transportation.

Joe Schiavoni, 38, currently serves as an Ohio senator (2009-present). He was also the Senate minority leader (2014-2017). Schiavoni is much younger than his competition and represents the youth movement. He supports the March For Our Lives movement and has a “D” rating from the NRA. Schiavoni wants to focus on creating jobs, school education, school safety, fighting the opioid epidemic, and protecting workers rights.

Paul Ray and Larry Ealy are also running on the Democrat ballot. Neither candidate has an online platform.

Green Party candidate Constance Gadell-Newton, 38, is an attorney and activist. Her campaign is focused on issues such as “promoting grassroots democracy, ending partisan gerrymandering and voter suppression, supporting tax reform and health care reform, increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour, decriminalizing marijuana, supporting renewable energy and protecting the environment,” according to her campaign website.

All nine candidates will be on the ballot Tuesday. Joining them will be several issues including issue #1, a state issue that would create a bipartisan, public process for drawing congressional districts. This would prevent gerrymandering, a manipulation of boundaries to favor a political party. Issue #2, a Brunswick City School District tax renewal will maintain 4.6 million dollars of existing funding. Issue #2 is not a tax increase, and would just keep funds available for emergency repairs within the district. Lastly, Issue #6 is a Brunswick City Charter Amendment that would change the residency requirements for appointment to the position of Clerk of Council.

Voting is the only way you can voice your opinion and call for change. However you vote, make sure you get out to your polling location from 6:30 AM to 7:30 PM! Identification such as a Driver’s License is required to vote. To see all acceptable forms of identification, visit the Medina County Board of Elections website.

*Candidate information was gathered on their online platform along with the help of Cleveland.com News and The Post. The Devilier and the Brunswick City School District are not affiliated with any candidate.

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