VOTE on November 5th!
Did you know that federal and state elections are always held during even numbered years, and that in Ohio local elections are always held in the odd numbered years on the first Tuesday of November? That means Sylvania area local elections are being held this year on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. Several local elected positions are being contested this year. The campaign signs are up! And your vote is as important as ever for these contested local elections this year!
There are two active local candidate races underway. Five candidates, including two incumbents, are running for four seats on Sylvania City Council. Two candidates, including the incumbent, are running for one seat on the Sylvania Township Board of Trustees and city residents do vote for the Township Trustees. Also on the ballot are two seats on the Sylvania Schools Board of Education and the Sylvania Township Clerk, positions running uncontested.
Running for four seats on Sylvania City Council are incumbents Mark Frye and Doug Haynam, challenged by Ben Malczewski, Brian McCann and Lyndsey Stough. Council members Sandy Husman and Mark Luetke are retiring from office and are not seeking re-election. Running for Sylvania Township Board of Trustee are incumbent Neal Mahoney and challenger Bud Crosby.
All the candidates were invited to participate in a Political Forum hosted by the Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at the Sylvania Senior Center. Each candidate had the opportunity to make a presentation of their credentials and their plans for the community should they be elected.
Also on the ballot this year is Issue 8, the Lucas County Senior Services Levy, which will also benefit our Sylvania Senior Center. A yes vote is a vote in favor of renewing a property tax to fund senior citizen programs at a rate of $0.075 for each $100 in assessed property value for five years.
I encourage all residents of Sylvania to learn about the candidates and the property tax issue and use that knowledge to cast their votes directing the future of Sylvania. Local elections often hinge on just a few votes and your vote will be as important as ever! I encourage all residents to get out and vote on Nov. 5!