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An Off-Year Election, But A Busy Ballot For Columbus Voters

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John Minchillo
Associated Press

It’s an empty statewide ballot this Election Day, while Columbus voters will pick four members for both city council and the school board. Tuesday also brings a choice, albeit a limited one, for Columbus mayor.

In the city council races, three members of the progressive activist group Yes We Can are challenging incumbent Democratic members from the left. There’s also an independent candidate vying for a spot.

Five people are running for four seats on the Columbus Board of Education. They include incumbents Jennifer Adair and Eric Brown, and challengers Carol Beckerle and Tina Pierce. All four are endorsed by the Franklin County Democratic Party. The fifth candidate, Kimberly Mason, is endorsed by Yes We Can.

Mayor Andrew Ginther is technically up for reelection Tuesday, but he’s running unopposed.

Franklin County voters will cast ballots on a Children’s Services levy. It would renew the current levy that taxes homeowners about $84 a year for every $100,000 of home value.

Franklin County voters will also pick an Environmental Court judge and two Municipal Court judges. The municipal judge races include incumbent Amy Salerno, who has twice been found guilty of misconduct by the Ohio Supreme Court.