Much attention is being directed at the Mar. 4 Presidential primary here in Ohio. However, several other officies have competitive primaries, and we should inform ourselves about them as well. By “competitive,” I mean that more than one candidate is on the ballot for at least one party. This table is based on my sample ballot in Franklin Couny; it shows the officies that have competitve primaries and the party for which they are competitive. D = Democrat; R = Republican.
|Competitive Race Office||Party|
|President||D & R|
|Congress (OH-12)||D & R|
|Judge of the Court of Appeals (10th District)||D|
|Member of the State Party Central Committee||D & R|
|Franklin County Commissioner||D & R|
|Franklin County Clerk of Common Pleas Court||R|
|Member of Co. Party Central Committee (Columbus Ward 12)||R|
Also on the ballot is a proposed tax increase to fund the Franklin County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities.
Note that in Ohio one must declare a party affiliation to vote in that party’s primary. I am not sure if I will join either party.