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Columbiana County voter guide: What you need to know now

This year’s general election on Nov. 2 includes several dozen contested races and issues at the city, village and township levels. Here's a list of all the candidates, levies and liquor options that will be on ballots this fall in Columbiana County.
Mahoning Matters Election Guide 2021

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What you need to know now

How to register to vote: You can click here to register online. You can also download an application from the Secretary of State website, print it, and mail it to: Columbiana County Board of Elections, 7989 Dickey Drive, Suite 3, Lisbon, OH 44432.

Documents you need to register online: Ohio driver’s license or state ID with number; name; date of birth; address; last four digits of your Social Security number.

When to register to vote: To vote in the Nov. 2 election, your registration application must be received by mail, or delivered to the board of elections office, or online no later than Monday, Oct. 4. Boards of elections offices are open Oct. 4 until 9 p.m.

Who can register to vote: U.S. citizens, at least 18 years old on or before Nov. 2, 2021, and a resident of Ohio for at least 30 days before the election.

If I'm already registered, should I check my voter registration?: Yes. You can do so at the Secretary of State website.

How to request an absentee/mail-in ballot: If you choose not to vote at a public polling location on Election Day, you can request a ballot in advance — called absentee voting. Voters can click here to print the form from the Secretary of State website. Though the board of elections may have received your application, it won't start mailing absentee ballots until Oct. 5.

When to request an absentee/mail-in ballot: You can request an absentee ballot now for the general election on Nov. 2. The window to request is open until three days before the election but in practicality that deadline leaves little time for the postal service to get the ballot to you and for you to return it.

When and how to return an absentee/mail-in ballot: Your completed ballot must be postmarked — at the latest — by Nov. 1, the day before the election. Placing the ballot in a mailbox does not guarantee that it will be postmarked. Deliver it personally to a post office and request that it be marked. It’s your responsibility to make sure it has enough postage. Alternatively, you can drop it off in person at your county board of elections during business hours and before the polls close at 7:30 p.m. on Election Day. You don’t have to wait until Election Day to deliver.

In Columbiana County, the absentee ballot dropbox is a gray box with American flag stickers to the left of the elections office’s main entrance at 7989 Dickey Drive, Suite 3. It has a sign reading, “Absentee Ballots and Election Dropbox.”

Can I track my absentee/mail-in ballot? Yes. Click here to track your absentee ballot on the county board of elections website.

How, where and when to vote early in-person: You can vote early at the county elections office, 7989 Dickey Drive, Suite 3, Lisbon, which will open for early voting Oct. 5, 28 days before Election Day (Nov. 2). You’ll need identification, such as a driver’s license, bank statement, utility bill, pay stub, military or state ID to vote. 

All Ohio board of elections offices have extended hours to accommodate early voters:

• Tuesday, Oct. 5 to Friday, Oct. 8: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Monday, Oct. 11: Columbus Day [elections offices will be closed]
• Tuesday, Oct. 12 to Friday, Oct. 15: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Monday, Oct. 18 to Friday, Oct. 22: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Monday, Oct. 25 to Friday, Oct. 29: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
• Saturday, Oct. 30: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Sunday, Oct. 31: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
• Monday, Nov. 1: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where do I vote on Election Day? On Election Day, Nov. 2, you'll visit your polling place to vote in-person. If you're already registered to vote, you can look up your polling place on the county elections board's website. If you’ve already cast an absentee or mail-in ballot or voted early in-person, you won’t be able to vote on Election Day.

How to be a poll worker: Ohio relies on 35,000 registered, bipartisan voters to work the polls on Election Day. Because many poll workers are of retirement age, they face increased health risks due to COVID-19. Last year, there was high interest in expanding the hiring pool to include younger people. Pay varies by county.

Click here to sign up to be a poll worker. You can also download an application and find other poll worker resources on the Columbiana County elections board website. You can also call the county elections office at 330-424-1448 and ask to speak to a poll workers coordinator.

Still have questions? Here’s a list of other links and resources for Columbiana County voting.

This election guide was produced with contributions from the Ohio media collaborative Your Voice Ohio.


Candidates

Here's a rundown of every race in Columbiana County. Your ballot will look different depending on where you live. You can look up your ballot here. We'll be updating this list with a look at the key races, so check back.

City races

Columbiana City Mayor (uncontested)

Rick Noel (R, incumbent)

Columbiana City Councilperson (elect three, uncontested)

Amanda J. Banner (R, incumbent)
Daniel P. Bekar (R, incumbent)
Ted Souder (I, incumbent)

East Liverpool City President of Council (uncontested)

John A. Torma (I, incumbent)

East Liverpool City Treasurer

Deborah L. Fickes (write-in, incumbent)
Terry Sprague (write-in)

East Liverpool City At-Large Councilperson (elect three, uncontested)

John T. Mercer (D, incumbent)
Robert Nizer Jr. (D)
Brian E. Kerr (I)

East Liverpool City 1st Ward Councilperson

Raymond Perorazio (I, incumbent)
Tom Beagle (I)

East Liverpool City 2nd Ward Councilperson (uncontested)

C. Fred Rayl (D, incumbent)

East Liverpool City 3rd Ward Councilperson (uncontested)

Jeffrey Kreefer (I, incumbent)

East Liverpool City 4th Ward Councilperson (uncontested)

Scott Barrett (I, incumbent)

Salem City President of Council (uncontested)

Thomas F. Baker (R, incumbent)

Salem City Treasurer (uncontested)

Tod A. Mumpire (R)

Salem City At-Large Councilperson (elect three, uncontested)

Jacob Gano (R, incumbent)
Andrew Null (R, incumbent)
Sara E. Baronzzi (R, appointed)


Village races

East Palestine Village Councilperson (elect three)

Douglas Simpson (incumbent)
Don Elzer
Thomas Anthony Povenski Jr.
Jessica Rocco

Hanoverton Village (elect four, uncontested)

Gwendolyn Huff (incumbent)
Keith Kaiser (incumbent)
David L. Phillips (incumbent)
Zach Kennedy

Leetonia Village Councilperson (elect four, uncontested)

William G. Garlough (D, incumbent)
Ashley Johnson (write-in)
Richard W. Newton II (write-in)
Suzanne Tobuck (I)

Libson Village Councilperson (elect four)

Jerry A. Cox (I, incumbent)
Tom Darcy (I, incumbent)
Susan Temple (I, incumbent)
Don Grimm (I)
Melissa M. Hiner (R)
Tammy Roberts (I)

Lisbon Village Board of Public Affairs (elect one)

[No candidates reported]

Minerva Village Councilperson (elect two, Stark County has more electors)

Mason Boldizar (incumbent)
Joe Frazier
Jennifer Jordan
Nicholas Willoughby

New Waterford Village (elect four, uncontested)

Thomas Cresanto (incumbent)
Cynthia A. Doran (incumbent)
Patricia A. Finch (incumbent)
Trish Wilson

Rogers Village Mayor (uncontested)

Unexpired term ending Dec. 31 2023
Amy Burkey (incumbent)

Salineville Village Councilperson (elect four, uncontested)

Nancy Needham (incumbent)
Pamela A. Tedeschi (incumbent)

Summitville Village Councilperson (elect four)

[No candidates reported]

Washingtonville Village Councilperson (elect four)

Herman C. Frank III (incumbent)
Peggy S. Frank (incumbent)
Jim Smith
Leo Slagle
Allen Vignon

Wellsville Village Mayor

Unexpired term ending Dec. 31, 2023
Randall S. Allmon (R, appointed incumbent)
Robert D. Boley (D, appointed)
Bradley W. Elliott (I)
Jack Cataldo (write-in)

Wellsville Village Councilperson (elect two, uncontested)

Maia Amato (R, appointed incumbent)
William Taft (I)


Township races

Butler Township Trustee (elect two, uncontested)

Matthew S. Hall (incumbent)
Thomas G. Sanor (incumbent)

Center Township Trustee (elect two, uncontested)

Rex Underwood (incumbent)
Greg Shive (incumbent)

Elkrun Township Trustee (elect two, uncontested)

Kurt Seachrist (incumbent)
Anthony Sweeney (incumbent)

Fairfield Township Trustee (elect two, uncontested)

Bob Hum (incumbent)
Barry A. Miner (incumbent)

Franklin Township Trustee (elect two)

Mike Lutz (incumbent)
Joe Medure (incumbent)
Steven A. Ketchum
Jonathan Sabatino

Hanover Township Trustee (elect two, uncontested)

Jason T. Raymond (incumbent)
John S. Zehentbauer (incumbent)

Knox Township Trustee (elect three)

Two full terms
Gregory Carver (incumbent)
Matthew Johnston (incumbent)
Michael J. Estock

One unexpired term ending Dec. 31, 2023 (uncontested)
John Ed. Barnhart (incumbent)

Liverpool Township Trustee (elect two)

D. Mike Bahen (incumbent)
Dennis Giambroni (incumbent)
Brian T. Miller

Liverpool Township Fiscal Officer (uncontested)

Shirley L. Flati (incumbent)

Madison Township Trustee (elect two, uncontested)

Bruce Barret (incumbent)
Wayne Chamberlain (incumbent)

Middleton Township Trustee (elect two)

Jack E. Johnson Jr. (incumbent)
Gregory A. Lipp (incumbent)
Janine Evans
Riley A. Pancake

Perry Township Trustee (elect two)

James Armeni Sr. (incumbent)
Anthony Colian
Tony Ieropoli
Sal Salvino

St. Clair Township Trustee (elect two)

James Sabatini II (incumbent)
Robert M. Swickard (incumbent)
Doug Blaner

Salem Township Trustee (elect two)

William Heston (incumbent)
John Wilms (incumbent)
Neal Bayless
John Gasparik
Tony Maroni
Joe Merritt

Unity Township Trustee (elect two)

Bryan R. Henderson (incumbent)
Kathy McCarthy (incumbent)
David J. Mollenkopf

Washington Township Trustee (elect two)

Charles Jarvis (incumbent)
Timothy Rhodes
Karianne Sevek

Wayne Township Trustee (elect two, uncontested)

Edward J. Dailey (incumbent)
Jim May (incumbent)

West Township Trustee (elect two)

Dale L. Lowmiller (incumbent)
Ray C. Davis
Brian L. McKarns
Todd A. Wright

Yellow Creek Township Trustee (elect two)

Mark Allison (incumbent)
Noah C. Allison (incumbent)
Elmer J. McBane


School board races

Alliance City Schools (elect three, uncontested; Stark County has more electors)

William L. Koch (incumbent)
Lori Kumler (incumbent)
Tyler Kinser

Beaver Local Schools (elect two)

Jerry Barnett (incumbent)
Greg Eisenhart (incumbent)
Wynton L. Rayford
Richard B. Saphore

Columbiana County Educational Service Center (elect five, uncontested)

Three full terms
Robert Marra (incumbent)
Jackie Mercer (incumbent)
Richard L. Stoudt (incumbent)

Two unexpired terms ending Dec. 31, 2023
Aaron W. Hinchliffe

Columbiana Exempted Village Schools (elect three, uncontested)

Scott W. Caron (incumbent)
Michael J. Clark (incumbent)
Kelly Williamson

Crestview Local Schools (elect two, uncontested)

Edward J. Miller (incumbent)
Melissa Wellman (incumbent)

East Liverpool City Schools (elect three, uncontested)

Two full terms
Matt Handley (incumbent)
Larry H. Walton (incumbent)

One unexpired term ending Dec. 31, 2023
Tamar Cooper

East Palestine City Schools (elect three, uncontested)

Rube Ginder (incumbent)
Donald Carson
Elizabeth McTrustry

Educational Service Center of Eastern Ohio (elect three, uncontested; Mahoning County has more electors)

Jeff Good of Salem (incumbent)
Kathy McNabb Welsh of Boardman (incumbent)
Richard S. Scarsella of Boardman (incumbent)

Leetona Exempted Village Schools (elect three, uncontested)

Larry Duko (incumbent)
Michael Henderson (incumbent)
Jennifer B. Merritt (incumbent)

Lisbon Exempted Village Schools (elect three, uncontested)

T.K. Hiscox (incumbent)
Gary Peruchetti Sr. (incumbent)
Charles Bell

Minerva Local Schools (elect three, uncontested; Stark County has more electors)

Susan B. Crawford (incumbent)
Robert Foltz (incumbent)
Thomas M. Freeland (incumbent)

Salem City Schools (elect two, uncontested)

Carol Hrvatin (incumbent)
Theodore S. Bricker (incumbent)

Southern Local Schools (elect three)

Two full terms
Robert Kip Dowling (incumbent)
Linda M. Morris (incumbent)
John R. Sawyer (incumbent)
James Scott Hart (unexpired incumbent)

One unexpired term ending Dec. 31, 2023 (uncontested)
Karl C. Blissenbach

United Local Schools (elect three, uncontested)

Wendy Doyle (incumbent)
Ruth Ann Rinto (incumbent)
Denise Rhodes (incumbent)

Wellsville Local Schools (elect two, uncontested)

Chris Amato (incumbent)
John Morrow (incumbent)

West Branch Local Schools (elect three, Mahoning County has more electors)

Bryan Hobbins (incumbent)
Courtney Stryffeler (incumbent)
Joe Courtwright
David M. Yaggi


Questions and Issues

Below are proposed levies up to voters on Nov. 2, along with generalized estimates of their annual costs to taxpayers. You can use our levy calculator spreadsheet to get a more accurate estimate of how much each measure would cost you if it passes.

Butler Township

Additional 0.75-mill, five-year levy for emergency services
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $26.25 per year; $131.25 over five years.

Renewal of 3-mill, five-year levy for roads
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $105 per year; $525 over five years.

Center Township

Renewal of 0.286-mill, five-year levy for fire services
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $10.01 per year; $50.05 over five years.

East Liverpool City

Renewal of 2-mill, five-year levy for Carnegie Public Library
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $70 per year; $350 over five years.

East Palestine Village

Renewal of 2-mill, five-year levy for police services
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $70 per year; $350 over five years.

Charter amendments pursuant to village ordinance No. 13-2021, the contents of which are not available on the village's website, nor in meeting minutes, which haven't been made available online since 2018.

Fairfield Township

Renewal of 1.6-mill, five-year levy for roads and bridges
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $56 per year; $280 over five years.

Knox Township

Renewal of 1.5-mill, five-year levy for roads
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $52.50 per year; $262.50 over five years.

Middleton Township

Renewal of 1-mill, five-year levy, with an additional increase of 2.22 mills, for fire services
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 currently pays $35 per year and would begin paying an extra $77.70 per year, for a total of $112.70 per year; $563.50 over five years.

New Waterford Village

Additional 1-percent income tax for general operations, capital improvements, police, fire and first responder services
A person living in the village making the median income of $27,731 a year would pay an extra $277.31 per year.

Perry Township

Renewal of 1-mill, five-year levy for police services
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $35 per year; $175 over five years.

Rogers Village

Renewal of 2-mill, five-year levy for current expenses
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $70 per year; $350 over five years.

Salem Township

Additional 1-mill, five-year levy for Northwest Fire District
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would pay an extra $35 per year; $175 over five years.

Renewal of 0.9-mill, five-year levy for roads
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $31.50 per year; $157.50 over five years.

St. Clair Township

Additional 2-mill, continuous levy for roads and bridges
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would pay an extra $70 per year indefinitely.

Unity Township

Renewal of 2-mill, five-year levy for the road district​​​​
​​​​​The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $70 per year; $350 over five years.

Renewal of 1.5-mill, five-year levy for the fire district
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $52.50 per year; $262.50 over five years.

Wayne Township

Replacement of 3-mill, five-year levy for fire services
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would instead pay $105 per year; $525 over five years. Replacing a levy allows it to be tied to current tax rates, meaning property owners could effectively pay more, even under the same millage.

West Township

Renewal of 3-mill, five-year levy for roads
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $105 per year; $525 over five years.

School districts

Alliance City Schools (Stark County has more electors)

Renewal of 2-mill, five-year levy for capital improvements
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $70 per year; $350 over five years.

Minerva Local Schools (Stark County has more electors)

Renewal of 6-mill, 10-year levy to meet emergency requirements
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $210 per year; $2,100 over 10 years.

Liquor options

Salem Precinct 2-A

Suburban Market, New Garden Avenue: Sunday sales