No Primary Face-Offs In County

WAPAKONETA — With the March primary election field set, only one county official finds herself in a race.

Republican Auglaize County Recorder Christina "Chris" Lambert, who was appointed in September to succeed Ann Billings, is being challenged by Anne Hamilton, a Democrat from New Bremen, according to a news release Wednesday by Auglaize County Elections Board Director Carolyn Campbell.

Lambert and Hamilton, as the only candidates, should find themselves facing off on the November general election ballot for the recorder's post whose term of office starts Jan. 7, 2013.

A second primary is slated for June to decide U.S. House seats and presidential candidates for the November general election.

Incumbent Republican commissioners John Bergman and Donald Regula are unopposed in the March 6 primary election and, barring a write-in or non-partisan candidate, should face no opponent in the general election.

Bergman's term of office commences Jan. 2, 2013, while Regula's starts Jan. 3, 2013.

Prosecuting Attorney Ed Pierce, Clerk of Courts Jean Meckstroth, Engineer Doug Reinhart, Coroner Thomas Freytag and Treasurer April Bowersock, all Republicans, and Sheriff Al Solomon, a Democrat, are the only filings for their respective offices. They all are incumbents and their terms of office all start on Jan. 7, 2013, except for county treasurer, which commences Sept. 2, 2013.

Voters will determine the fate of four issues on the March 6 primary ballot with New Bremen School District voters deciding the fate of a 7.3-mill property tax levy and a 1-mill permanent improvement levy, while voters in three individual wards will determine local options.

The 7.3-mill property tax levy will pay the local share for the district to construct school facilities under the Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC) funded initiative. The tax levy will be in effect for 33 years.

Voters also must decide the fate of a 1-mill tax levy for permanent improvement purposes.

Voters in Wapakoneta Precinct 3B will decide if the Wapakoneta Wal-Mart can conduct Sunday sales of wine and mixed beverages between 10 a.m. and midnight.

Voters in St. Marys Precinct 1A will decided if Buffalo Wild Wings will be able to sell wine, mixed beverages and spirituous liquor between 11 a.m. and midnight on Sundays.

Votes in the village of Waynesfield will decide if Ricks Place will be able to conduct Sunday sales between 11 a.m. and midnight for beer, wine and mixed beverages.