by Judy Stringer
The May 3 Primary Election will decide the statewide, county, U.S. Congressional and judicial candidates who will advance to the Nov. 8 General Election. Voters will also decide on candidates for the Democratic County Central Committee.
There will be a separate primary election for Ohio State House, State Senate and State Central Committee members on a later date.
At the May 3 polls, Hudson voters will be asked to renew a 1.5-mill Permanent Improvement Fund, or PIF, levy for the Hudson City School District. The levy cost will have no additional taxes if passed. The PIF can only be spent on district capital improvements and cannot be used for any operating expenses, such as salaries and benefits.
If not passed in 2022, the PIF would have to go back on the ballot in 2023 for consideration as a new 1.5-mill permanent improvement levy, according to Interim Superintendent Steve Farnsworth. And a new 1.5-mill PIF would cost the homeowner 12.5% more in taxes, he said, because the Ohio legislature has eliminated a 12.5% reimbursement credit for residential taxpayers.
Three of the nine candidates for the newly drawn 13th Congressional District – which includes all of Summit County and a portion of northern Stark County – do not live within the district’s boundaries.
Republican candidates Janet Porter of Hinckley, Shey Hawkins of Broadview Heights and Santana King of North Royalton have filed to run alongside Summit County hopefuls John Impellizzeri (D-Monroe Falls), Dante Sabatucci (R-Cuyahoga Falls), Ryan Saylor (R-Stow), Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) and Greg Wheeler (R-Norton). Stark County resident Madison Gilbert (R- North Canton) has also filed to run for the seat. ∞