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Trumbull County voter guide: What you need to know now

This year’s general election on Nov. 2 includes several dozen contested races and issues in Trumbull County. Here's a list of all the candidates, levies and liquor options that will be on ballots this fall in Trumbull 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: Trumbull County Board of Elections, 2947 Youngstown Road SE, Warren, OH 44484.

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 Trumbull County, the absentee ballot dropbox resembles a mailbox and is located just outside the main entrance of the elections offices at 2947 Youngstown Road SE.

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, 2947 Youngstown Road SE, Warren, OH 44484, 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 from the Trumbull County elections board website.

Still have questions? Here’s a list of frequently asked questions about voting in Ohio.

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


Candidates

Here's a rundown of every race in Trumbull 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

Cortland City Councilperson (elect four)

Kathy Fleischer (incumbent)
Richard McClain (incumbent)
Don Moore (incumbent)
Kevin M. Piros (incumbent)
Traci E. Cooper

Girard City Treasurer (uncontested)

Mark Zuppo (D, incumbent)

Girard City President of Council (uncontested)

Reynald Paolone (D, incumbent)

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

Lily Martuccio (D, incumbent)
John Moliterno (D, incumbent)
Samuel Zirafi (D)

Girard City 1st Ward Councilperson (uncontested)

Keith M. Schubert (D)

Girard City 2nd Ward Councilperson (uncontested)

Mark M. Standohar (D, incumbent)

Girard City 3rd Ward Councilperson (uncontested)

Jeff Kay (D)

Girard City 4th Ward Councilperson (uncontested)

Thomas F. Grumley (D, incumbent)

Hubbard City Auditor (uncontested)

Michael C. Villano (D, incumbent)

Hubbard City Treasurer (uncontested)

Marsha A. Ruha (D, incumbent)

Hubbard City President of Council (uncontested)

William J. Williams (write-in, incumbent)

Hubbard City Council At-Large (elect three, uncontested)

Jerome Crowe (D, incumbent)
Ryan Hallapy (D, incumbent)
Michael E. Kerr (D, incumbent)

Hubbard City 1st Ward Council

Bonnie Viele (D, incumbent)
Brandon J. Pierson

Hubbard City 2nd Ward Council (uncontested)

Robin V. Zambrini (D, incumbent)

Hubbard City 3rd Ward Council (uncontested)

Michael J. Mogg Sr. (D, incumbent)

Hubbard City 4th Ward Council (uncontested)

Cathy Cummings (D)

Niles City Treasurer (uncontested)

Steve Telego Sr. (D, incumbent)

Niles City President of Council (uncontested)

Robert Marino (D, incumbent)

Niles City Councilperson At-Large (elect three)

Jimmy Julian (D, incumbent)
Michael A. Lastic (D, incumbent)
Albert J. Cantola Jr. (D, 4th ward councilperson)
James V. DePasquale Jr. 

Niles City 1st Ward Councilperson (uncontested)

Doug Sollitto (D, incumbent)

Niles City 2nd Ward Councilperson (uncontested)

Sheri Smith (D, incumbent)

Niles City 3rd Ward Councilperson (uncontested)

Linda Marchese (D, incumbent)

Niles City 4th Ward Councilperson (uncontested)

Mindy Devorich (D)

Warren City Treasurer (uncontested)

Tom Letson (D, incumbent)

Warren City President of Council (uncontested)

John Brown (D, incumbent)

Warren City Councilperson At-Large (elect three)

Gary Steinbeck (D, incumbent)
Helen Rucker (D, incumbent)
Ken MacPherson (D, incumbent)
Donald L. Allgood
River Travis (write-in)

Warren City 1st Ward Councilperson

Larry D. Larson (D, incumbent)
Todd Johnson

Warren City 2nd Ward Councilperson

David C. Burnham (R)
Andrew Herman (D)

Warren City 3rd Ward Councilperson (uncontested)

Greg Greathouse (D, incumbent)

Warren City 4th Ward Councilperson

Mark A. Forte (D, incumbent)
Kristin J. Riley (R)

Warren City 5th Ward Councilperson

Robert A. Marchese (R)
Koree McClennan
Ashley Miner (D)
Kamau J. Thornton

Warren City 6th Ward Councilperson (uncontested)

Cheryl Saffold (D, incumbent)

Warren City 7th Ward Councilperson (uncontested)

Ronald E. White, Sr. (D, incumbent)


Village races

Lordstown Village Councilperson

Robert Bond (incumbent)
Terry Campbell (incumbent)
Don Reider (incumbent)
Howard W. Sheely III (incumbent)
Mark R. McGrail

Lordstown Village Board of Public Affairs

Kevin Campbell (incumbent)
Christopher Robinson (R)

McDonald Village Councilperson

Brian D. Fisher (incumbent)
Kyle Joynes (D, incumbent)
Odell J. Houston
Chad Jones (D)
Kerry Magill Reckard
John Metzinger

Newton Falls Village Councilperson At-Large (elect one)

Brian Kropp (incumbent)
Julie A. Stimpert

Newton Falls Village 1st Ward Councilperson (uncontested)

Michael A. Serotko

Newton Falls Village 3rd Ward Councilperson

Tesa Spletzer (incumbent)
Charles Homa

Orangeville Village Councilperson (elect three, uncontested)

Ray L. Chalfant (incumbent)
Renee Miller (incumbent)
Nancy J. Bryner

West Farmington Village Mayor (uncontested)

Unexpired term ending Dec. 31, 2023
Shirley L. McIntosh (incumbent)

West Farmington Village Councilperson (elect three)

Tim Malone (incumbent)
James Mooney (incumbent)
Thomas Mooney (incumbent)
Carl Judge
Nick Malone


Township races

Bazetta Township Trustee (elect two)

Betty L. Adgate
Joel E. Davis
Mark J. Franko
Michael J. Hovis
Mike Morelli

Bazetta Township Fiscal Officer (uncontested)

Unexpired term ending March 31, 2024
Stacy A. Marling

Bloomfield Township Trustee (elect two, uncontested)

Jason Gwinn (incumbent)
Roger M. Peterson Jr. (incumbent)

Bloomfield Township Fiscal Officer (uncontested)

Unexpired term ending March. 31, 2024
Fannie Miller

Braceville Township Trustee (elect two)

Dennis C. Kuchta (incumbent)
Jeff Tucker (incumbent)
Todd Garland

Bristol Township Trustee (elect two)

Ramon French (incumbent)
Jim Cicchillo (write-in)
Ronald E. Mahan (write-in)

Brookfield Township Trustee (elect two, uncontested)

Daniel Suttles (incumbent)
Catherine Hodge

Champion Township Trustees (elect two)

Douglas Emerine (incumbent)
Matthew Balut
Rex Fee
Nancy Shaffer

Farmington Township Trustee (elect two, uncontested)

Mike Davis (incumbent)
Dave Stephens Jr. (incumbent)

Fowler Township Trustee (elect two)

Jeffrey Davis (incumbent)
Patty Currington
Tanya Gabrielle
Adam Hughes
Doug Johnson
Eric King
Dave Miller
Todd Williams

Greene Township Trustee (elect two)

James Wakefield (incumbent)
Mark Edward Carnes Jr. 
Joseph Kocab

Gustavus Township Trustee (elect two, uncontested)

Michael Crosby
Rodney R. McNelly

Hartford Township Trustee (elect two)

Rebecca Whitman (incumbent)
Bill Burns
Michael G. Wilson

Howland Township Trustee (elect two)

James Lapolla Jr. (incumbent)
Matthew G. Vansuch (incumbent)
Brian Burkey

Hubbard Township Trustee (elect two)

Rick Hernandez (incumbent)
Tom Jacobs (incumbent)
John E. Bizub
William A. Colletta

Johnston Township Trustee (elect two, uncontested)

James N. Carnes Jr. (incumbent)
Dominic Marchese (incumbent)

Kinsman Township Trustee (elect two)

Linda S. Miller (incumbent)
Fred Stahl (incumbent)
Bruce O. Bancroft
Jamin Banning

Liberty Township Trustee (elect two, uncontested)

Greg Cizmar (incumbent)
Arnie Clebone (incumbent)

Liberty Township Fiscal Officer (uncontested)

Unexpired term ending March 31, 2024
Matthew Connelly

Mecca Township Trustee (elect two)

Christen Clemson (incumbent)
Dan Galbincea III (incumbent)
Darryl Black

Mesopotamia Township Trustee (elect two, uncontested)

David F. Brazofsky (incumbent)
Joseph J. Pavlic (incumbent)

Newton Township Trustee (elect two)

Peter J. Augusta (incumbent)
Patti Hanzes
Doreen Lutz
Dennis Richter

Southington Township Trustee (elect two, uncontested)

Cindy Speaker (incumbent)
Daniel L. Tietz (incumbent)

Vernon Township Trustee (elect two, uncontested)

Walter Emrick (incumbent)
Walter Horodyski (incumbent)

Vienna Township Trustee (elect two)

Heidi Brown (incumbent)
Richard A. Dascenzo Jr. (incumbent)
Robert L. Root III

Warren Township Trustee (elect two)

Kay Anderson (incumbent)
Ryan Yoho (incumbent)
Charles R. Parker

Weathersfield Township (elect two)

Steven J. Gerberry (incumbent)
Marvin McBride (incumbent)
Edward Whittaker


School board races

Bloomfield-Mespo Local Schools (elect three, uncontested)

Timothy S. Covey (incumbent)
Michael A. Foster (incumbent)
Justin Sly (incumbent)

Bristol Local Schools (elect two, uncontested)

Scott Chapman (incumbent)
Donald R. Mickel (incumbent)

Brookfield Local Schools (elect three, uncontested)

Ronda L. Bonekovic (incumbent)
Jerry Necastro (incumbent)

Cardinal Local Schools

Linda J. Smallwood (incumbent)
Heidi Lanesky-Snyder
Kristen Klepper

Champion Local Schools (elect three)

Kelly Boyle (incumbent)
David J. Mahan (incumbent)
James Scher (incumbent)
Judith White (write-in)

Educational Service Center of Eastern Ohio (elect three, uncontested)

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

Educational Service Center of the Western Reserve (Geauga)

Two-year term commencing Jan. 1, 2022
Bonnie H. Cavanaugh (incumbent)
Marilyn A. Percic

Four-year term commencing Jan. 1, 2022
Sally G. Gilmore (incumbent)
Timothy H. Snyder

Girard City Schools (elect two)

Sue Ellen Harris-Davis (incumbent)
Joseph Datchuk (write-in)
Shannon Hodge (write-in)

Howland Local Schools (elect three)

Julie Altawil (incumbent)
Kenneth Jones (incumbent)
Mary Brown
Lynn Johnson-Vandervort
Wendy Miller

Jackson-Milton Local Schools (elect three)

Nick Campbell (incumbent)
Mitch Mascioli (incumbent)
Kimberly L. Snowden-Pittman (incumbent)
Tausha E. Bacorn

Joseph Badger Schools (elect three)

Jared Klingensmith (incumbent)
Laisa Thompson (incumbent)
Christine Crosby
Gary W. Kidd
Linda Walton

Hubbard Exempted Village Schools (elect two)

James R. Adams (incumbent)
Lewis Agnone
Josh Barr
Brian Baumiller
Martin Franko
Matt Jones
John B. Jordan
Anna DeJulio Martin

LaBrae Local Schools (elect two, uncontested)

Tim Gibson (incumbent)
Bradley Gamlin

Lakeview Local Schools (elect three)

Paul J. Antonchak Jr.
Angel Campana
Lance R. Grahn
Mark Harper
Jeffrey Jiang
Taylor Pease
Danielle Scherer

Liberty Local Schools (elect three, uncontested)

David Malone (incumbent)
Shawn M. Chrystal
Kara Morgan

Lordstown Local Schools (elect three)

Carla Click (incumbent)
Cheryl Kistler (incumbent)
Jackie Woodward (incumbent)
Tracie Allen

Maplewood Local Schools (elect three)

Daniel L. Denman (incumbent)
Tami Lynn Morrison (incumbent)
Daniel Schwartz (incumbent)
Richard Stewart

Mathews Local Schools (elect three, uncontested)

Mark Haddle (incumbent)
Kenneth R. Wallace II (incumbent)
Joel Polonus

McDonald Local Schools (elect two, uncontested)

Jody Klase (incumbent)
Jessica Krumpak

Newton Falls Exempted Village Schools (elect three)

Amie F. Crowder (incumbent)
Tonya Kline

Niles City Schools (elect two)

Mary Ann McMahon (incumbent)
Tony Perrone (incumbent)
Joe Bruno
Lori Vlosich Hudzik
Bobby Seifert

Southington Local Schools (elect four)

Three full terms and one unexpired term
Betsy Dunn (incumbent)
Steve Gilanyi (incumbent)

Trumbull County Educational Service Center (elect four)

Three full terms
Jeffrey Dreves (incumbent)
Al Haberstroh (incumbent)
Thomas Krispinsky (incumbent)

One unexpired term ending Dec. 31, 2023
Deborah D. Patchin
Laura F. Rubesich

Warren City Schools (elect two)

Regina Patterson (incumbent)
Jacqueline Shannon (incumbent)
Jenna Daugherty

Weathersfield Local Schools (elect two, uncontested)

Mark Bodo (incumbent)
Cheryl Basista (incumbent)


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.

Bazetta Township (B-D, F, G)

Renewal of 0.8-mill, five-year levy for fire protection; commencing in 2021, first due in 2022
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $28 per year; $140 over five years.

Braceville Township (B, C)

Replacement of 1-mill, five-year levy for fire and EMS protection; commencing in 2022, first due in 2023
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would instead pay $35 per year; $175 over five years. Replacing a levy allows it to be tied to current tax rates, meaning property owners could effectively pay more, even at the same millage.

Replacement of 1-mill, five-year levy for police protection; commencing in 2022, first due in 2023
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would instead pay $35 per year; $175 over five years. Replacing a levy allows it to be tied to current tax rates, meaning property owners could effectively pay more, even at the same millage.

Replacement of 1-mill, five-year levy for general construction, reconstruction, resurfacing and repair of streets, roads and bridges; commencing in 2022, first due in 2023
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would instead pay $35 per year; $175 over five years. Replacing a levy allows it to be tied to current tax rates, meaning property owners could effectively pay more, even at the same millage.

Brookfield Township (A, B, D, E, H, K, L — except Yankee Lake)

Replacement of 1-mill continuing levy for police protection; commencing in 2021, first due in 2022
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would instead pay $35 per year; $175 over five years. Replacing a levy allows it to be tied to current tax rates, meaning property owners could effectively pay more, even at the same millage.

Champion Township (A-C, E-G, K)

Additional 0.95-mill continuing levy for fire and EMS protection; commencing in 2021, first due in 2022
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would pay an extra $33.25 per year indefinitely.

Farmington Township

Additional 2.5-mill, five-year levy for general construction, reconstruction, resurfacing and repair of streets, roads and bridges; commencing in 2022, first due in 2023
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would pay an extra $87.50 per year; $437.50 over five years.

A proposal to repeal the Farmington Township zoning resolution which was adopted June 1, 2018, as amended, and to repeal any former zoning, with the intent there shall be no zoning in effect at all.

Greene Township

Replacement of 2.5-mill, continuing levy for fire protection; commencing in 2021, first due in 2022
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would instead pay $87.50 per year indefinitely. Replacing a levy allows it to be tied to current tax rates, meaning property owners could effectively pay more, even at the same millage.

Gustavus Township

Additional 1-mill, five-year levy for current expenses; commencing in 2021, first due in 2022
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would pay an extra $35 per year; $175 over five years.

Hartford Township (A, B — except Orangeville)

Additional 0.5-mill, five-year levy for maintaining and operating cemeteries; commencing in 2021, first due in 2022
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would pay an extra $17.50 per year; $87.50 over five years.

Kinsman Township (A, C)

Replacement of 1-mill continuing levy for fire and EMS protection; commencing in 2021, first due in 2022
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would instead pay $35 per year indefinitely. Replacing a levy allows it to be tied to current tax rates, meaning property owners could effectively pay more, even at the same millage.

Liberty Township (A-E, G, J L, N)

Renewal of 1-mill, five-year levy for fire and EMS protection; commencing in 2021, first due in 2022
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $35 per year; $175 over five years.

Renewal of 2-mill, five-year levy for fire and EMS protection; commencing in 2021, first due in 2022
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would pay an extra $70 per year; $350 over five years.

Renewal of 2-mill, five-year levy for fire and EMS protection; commencing in 2021, first due in 2022
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would pay an extra $70 per year; $350 over five years.

Mecca Township (A, B)

Renewal of 1.2-mill, four-year levy for fire and EMS protection; commencing in 2021, first due in 2022
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $42 per year; $168 over four years.

Renewal of 1.7-mill, three-year levy for fire and EMS protection; commencing in 2021, first due in 2022
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $59.50 per year; $178.50 over three years.

Mesopotamia Township (A)

Renewal of 3-mill, five-year levy for general construction, reconstruction, resurfacing and repair of streets, roads and bridges; commencing in 2022, first due in 2023
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $105 per year; $525 over five years.

Renewal of 1-mill, five-year levy for fire and EMS protection; commencing in 2022, first due in 2023
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $35 per year; $175 over five years.

Newton Falls Joint Fire District (Newton Falls Village 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A; Newton Township A, B, D)

Additional 4-mill, five-year levy for EMS protection; commencing in 2021, first due in 2022
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would pay an extra $140 per year; $700 over five years.

Niles City

Renewal of 1-mill, five-year levy for parks and recreation; commencing in 2021, first due in 2022
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $35 per year; $175 over five years.

Orangeville Village (Includes part of Hartford Township A)

Replacement of 4.1-mill, five-year levy for current operating expenses; commencing in 2022, first due in 2023
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would instead pay $143.50 per year; $717.50 over five years. Replacing a levy allows it to be tied to current tax rates, meaning property owners could effectively pay more, even at the same millage.

Warren Township (B, D-F)

Additional 2.75-mill, 10-year levy for general construction, reconstruction, resurfacing and repair of streets, roads and bridges; commencing in 2021, first due in 2022
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would pay an extra $96.25 per year; $962.50 over 10 years.

School districts

Hubbard Exempted Village Schools (Hubbard City 1A, 1B, 2B, 2C, 3A, 3B, 4A, 4B; Hubbard Township A, B, D, F; includes part of Coitsville in Mahoning County)

Renewal of 4.2-mill, five-year levy to avoid a $986,000 operating deficit; commencing in 2022, first due in 2023
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $147 per year; $735 over five years.

Lakeview Local Schools (B-G, excludes part of G; Cortland A-H, excludes part of A, includes part of Warren City 2G; Mecca A; Warren Township E)

Renewal of 1-mill, five-year levy for permanent improvements; commencing in 2022, first due in 2023
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $35 per year; $175 over five years.

Mathews Local Schools (Fowler Township A, C; Vienna Township A-C; Includes part of Girard City 1B and Cortland City A)

Renewal of 3.85-mill, five-year levy generating $680,000 for emergency requirements; commencing in 2022, first due in 2023
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $134.75 per year; $673.75 over five years.

Liquor options

Kinsman Township Precinct C

Good Intentions Market & Cafe, State Route 87: Daily on- and off-premise sales of beer, wine and mixed beverages or spiritous liquor

Warren Township Precinct D

Shadi Speed Check, Tod Avenue Southwest: Sunday off-premise sales of wine and mixed beverages

Weathersfield Township Precinct J

Post Office Pub, South Main Street: Sunday on-premise sales of beer, wine and mixed beverages or spiritous liquor