The Athens NEWS recommends the approval of Issue 3, an emergency medical services levy, on the Nov. 2 ballot. This tax renewal will provide continued funding for these crucial services in our community.
The Democratic and Republican primary elections for Ohio are on Tuesday. Athens County has a number of statewide, congressional, state legislative and county races for each party, along with state, county and municipal issues that members of both parties can vote on. We have made endorsements in select races, and a short summary of each endorsement is below. The main thing, of course, is to get out and vote.
On Tuesday, a small number of Athens County Democrats will determine the future direction of their local party when local party Central Committee members are elected.
In a race between two qualified Democrats for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by George Voinovich, we recommend the nomination of Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher. Fisher has more experience than his opponent in the primary race, and has a much better chance of attracting the sort of centrist voters that will be necessary to defeat a formidable Republican in the general election.
Fisher and Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner are battling for the opportunity to face Republican Rob Portman, a former congressman and presidential Cabinet member, in the November election.