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The Athens NEWS, in an election race with two strong candidates, is recommending the re-election of state Rep. Jay Edwards, R-Nelsonville, to his 94th District Ohio House seat. Edwards is fond of saying that he “votes the district,” and we haven’t seen any evidence that this isn’t the case.

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The Athens NEWS is recommending a yes vote on Issue 3, the Athens City School District’s 5.88-mill capital improvements levy on the Nov. 6 ballot. We make this recommendation with reservations, however, since valid concerns have been raised in the community about the cost of this property-ta…

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We urge Athens County voters to support two countywide tax issues on the Nov. 6 ballot. One is a renewal levy (0.5 mills) for Athens County Emergency Medical Services. The other is a 0.3-mill replacement levy for the Athens City-County Health Department.

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The Athens NEWS supports the re-election of Lenny Eliason to the Athens County Commission seat that he’s held since 1998. Eliason is a steady and knowledgeable presence at the commissioners’ table, and there’s no good reason to replace him.

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The Athens NEWS recommends that local voters re-elect Jill Thompson as Athens County auditor and retain Ric Wasserman as county treasurer in the Nov. 6 election. In both races, the reasoning is the same: There’s no reason to replace an office-holder if he or she is already performing a good job.

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The Athens NEWS is urging our readers to vote for Rick Neal in the race for the 15th District House of Representatives seat currently held by Steve Stivers. Neal’s victory in this decidedly uphill race will send a message that supporting a profoundly bad president carries consequences.

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In the race for who will succeed John Kasich as governor of Ohio, we enthusiastically support the election of Democrat Richard Cordray. The former Ohio attorney general is a straight-shooter with common-sense solutions to persistent issues facing this state. 

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The Athens NEWS wholeheartedly recommends the re-election of Sherrod Brown to a third term in the U.S. Senate. Brown is a hardworking man of integrity who has shown time and again that the everyday citizens of Ohio are his top priority.

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With regard to endorsing in the Ohio governor’s race that will be on both party ballots in the May 8 Primary Election, The Athens NEWS will forgo the collective “we” and instead issue three staff endorsements.

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The Athens NEWS gives unreserved support for Issue 3 on the Athens city ballot on Tuesday, May 8. This so-called “carbon fee” is an earnest effort to encourage energy conservation and do so at a minimal cost. And the measure has a direct payoff over and above the straightforward benefit of g…

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In the Democratic Primary race for the 15th Congressional District, voters – including those in most of Athens County – have two quality choices to send into battle against incumbent Republican Steve Stivers.

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We fully support the effort by Alexander Local School District to gain more local tax support at the ballot box on May 8. This school district, which teaches students in southwest Athens County and part of Meigs County, has been operating with virtually no increases in state or local funding…

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The Athens NEWS urges our readers to support state Issue 1 on the May 8 primary ballot. While not perfect (what law is?), this amendment to the Ohio constitution would take a big step toward eliminating the curse of gerrymandering that disenfranchises so many voters every year in our state’s…