Not many expected to vote Tuesday

By Mike Sever Record-Courier staff writer Published:

Yes, there is a primary election Tuesday. But most voters in Kent and all in Ravenna will sit this one out, as only 74 of the county's 165 voting precincts will be open Tuesday, according to election officials.

Voters in only a few of the county's 18 townships and dozen school districts will be considering levy questions. Only 36,738 registered voters, or about a third of the county's total of 94,577, will be eligible to vote in the primary. Polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

County election officials are predicting a light turnout for Tuesday. Glenda Enders, deputy director of the Board of Elections, estimates 19 percent of eligible voters will vote.

The biggest races will be in Kent and Streetsboro.

In Kent, three newcomers square off against incumbent council members in a Democrat primary.

In Ward 1, incumbent Jerry Fiala faces Lloyd Atkinson. The winner will face Republican Garret M. Ferrara in November.

In the Ward 4 contest between incumbent Robert O. Felton II and Dowan Jones, the winner will run unopposed in November unless an independent or write-in candidate declares.

And in Ward 5, incumbent Kathleen Guckelberger is being challenged by Edward C. Bargerstock.

Races in Wards 2, 3 and 6 are already set for the November General Election.

In Streetsboro, incumbent Mayor Sally Henzel faces three challengers: Gary Rivers, Pete Buczkowski and Joseph Collica. The two top vote-getters will face off in November.

Only one Streetsboro council seat is contested out of four up for election in November. Incumbent Charles Rhome of Ward 1 faces a challenge from Ron Stenglein, a former councilman.

Elsewhere, voters in the Mantua-Shalersville Fire District will for on a five-year, 2.99-mill replacement levy for emergency ambulance and medical services. The levy would raise $498,025 annually.

Brimfield voters will consider an additional five-year, 1.55-mill levy for police protection. The levy would generate about $160,000 annually for additional police services.

Deerfield voters will vote on a replacement five-year, 0.5-mill levy for fire protection. The levy would raise about $15,000 annually to maintain the fire department and equipment.

Voters in the Aurora city school district will vote on a five-year, 1.5-mill replacement levy for renovating and remodeling school facilities.

Rootstown school district voters will decide on a five-year, 2.5-mill additional levy expected to raise about $272,000 annually to upgrade facilities and technology.

Portage County voters in Suffield's E voting district, which is part of the Springfield school district, will vote on a 2.67-mill bond issue for school renovation, and on a 3.73-mill, five-year, levy for current operating expenses.

And voters in Mogadore's A and B district will consider increasing the village income tax from 1.5 to 2 percent for infrastructure improvements.

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