The Athens NEWS supports Charlie Adkins for
the Democratic Party nomination to face Republican incumbent Larry Payne in the
November general election. Adkins is facing businessman Gary Edwards in the
March 6 Democratic Primary.
race with two solid candidates, The
Athens NEWS endorses Michele Papai for Third Ward Athens City Council
member. As a citizen, she has been active in numerous community and
neighborhood groups, and has done a good job on the city's zoning appeals board.
If citizens had the ability to exert extra emphasis
when voting no on wrongheaded and dangerous ballot measures – for instance,
lighting the ballot on fire or ripping it to shreds — Ohio Issue 3 would
deserve such treatment.
support the re-election of Athens Mayor Paul Wiehl. While he can't cite a great
deal of solid accomplishments during his first term, he has led the city ably,
and has surrounded himself with a competent staff.
We strongly urge our readers to vote no on Issue 2 in the November
general election. This up-or-down vote on the union-busting Senate Bill
5 will go a long way toward determining whether Ohio's a state that
truly cares about a large segment of its middle-class workers and
families, or one that sacrifices them to red-state, anti-union ideology.
In the Democratic primary race for Athens' First Ward, we support the re-election of council member Kent Butler. Running for his third term representing the west-side ward, Butler has been a quiet but responsible presence on council.