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Voters have number of choices in 2016

By SCOTT SEITZ • Dec 19, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Voters will have a number of races and issues to decide in 2016.

First, four local issues are expected to be on the March 15 primary ballot.

The highest-profile of those issues is in Norwalk, where voters will be asked to approve the use of $3.5 million from the city’s capital investment trust fund for the construction of a new fire station.

The capital investment trust fund has a current balance of about $4.2 million, with the majority of that money from the sale of the city’s former light plant in the 1970s. Money only can be used from that fund by a vote of the people.

Norwalk also was considering a 0.3-mill renewal levy for current expenses. Money generated from this levy normally goes to the parks and recreation department. 

“That levy is anticipated to be taken off the ballot,” Mayor Rob Duncan said Wednesday. “It will likely be placed on the November ballot.”

A pair of local liquor options for Sunday sales will be on the March 15 ballot.

Voters in Norwalk 1-B will vote on Sunday sales for Friendship Food Store 89, while voters in Norwalk 2-B will vote on Sunday liquor sales for Speedway.

Also in March, voters in Greenwich Township, Greenwich village and Ripley Township will vote on a levy renewal for 3 mills over five years for fire protection services. This levy is for the Tri-Community Joint Fire District.

The March 15 ballot also will see a few primary races involving candidates.

In the race for Huron County engineer, Democrats Carlos Delafon Luna, of Willard, and Lee Tansey, of Wakeman, will square off. Current engineer Joe Kovach isn’t seeking re-election. Unless an Independent files by the March 14 deadline, the winner of this primary will become engineer in 2017.

In one of the county commissioner races, Republicans Bruce “Skip” Wilde, of Norwalk, and Bob Morgan, of North Fairfield, will face each other in March. They are running for the seat held by Gary Bauer, who isn’t seeking re-election. Democrat Michael Nottke has also filed in this race and will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot. Independents have until March 14 to file.

The race for the 57th House District seat has Democrat Tom Dunlap, of Norwalk and four Republicans, who will face each other March 15 to see who moves on to the Nov. 8 ballot. Those Republicans are Dick Stein, of Norwalk, Lee Waldrup, of Bellevue, Kathryn Frombaugh, of Rochester, and Timothy Opsitnick, of Avon. The winner of the Republican primary then will face Dunlap and/or any Independent candidates who may file on Nov. 8.

In the race for county prosecutor, incumbent Democrat Daivia Kasper, of Norwalk, is slated to battle Republican challenger James Joel Sitterly, also of Norwalk.

Democratic incumbent Dane Howard, of New London, and Republican Todd Corbin, of Norwalk, are running in the sheriff’s race.

Democrat Kathleen Schaffer, of Norwalk, currently is unopposed in the county treasurer’s race.

Susan Hazel, of Wakeman and a Republican, also is unopposed for the seat of clerk of courts. 

Dr. Jeffrey Harwood, a Norwalk Republican, presently is unopposed for county coroner. He has served as Huron County coroner for nearly 20 years.

In the second county commissioner race, Republican Terry Boose, of Norwalk, is facing Democrat Howard Smith, of Norwalk. They are seeking the seat held by Dunlap, who isn’t seeking re-election, but is running for the 57th House District seat.

In the county recorder’s race, Republican incumbent Jan Tkach, of Wakeman, is being challenged by Marilyn Dillon, a Wakeman Democrat.

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