Voters will face many decisions

While voters in Jefferson County last year cast ballots for federal offices, including president, Tuesday’s general election is about grassroots representation, with city, village, township and school board races on the ballot.

It is probably one of the most important elections in determining who will have your say in local issues, and officials with the Jefferson County Board of Elections are predicting 45 percent of the county’s 47,833 registered voters will cast a ballot.

Steubenville residents will vote on a new mayor for the first time in more than two decades, and there are two contested races for council in the 2nd and 6th wards.

Voters in Toronto’s 1st Ward will elect a new councilmember.

There are six contested council elections in the 17 villages in the county, with four to elect in each. Empire has eight candidates; Rayland, six; and Strattron, seven. Eleven of the 14 townships have contested races, with two to elect in each, and there are five candidates each in races in Island Creek, Knox and Smithfield townships and four candidates in the race for Wayne Township trustee.

The Buckeye and Edison local school districts have contested elections for the school board, with three to elect in each. There are seven candidates in Buckeye and four in Edison.

Plus, there are 18 issues and levies, plus two statewide issues, on the ballot, including two countywide levies, one for the renewal of 1 mill for 10 years for children services, and the other for the renewal of 1.5 mills for five years for operation of the 911 system.

Voters in Steubenville are being asked to renew the 5-mill operating levy for current expenses.

The Buckeye and Indian Creek Local school districts have levies on the ballot, with Buckeye seeking an additional 4.9 mills for 10 years for the emergency requirements of district, and Indian Creek Local asking for approval on a bond issue for constructing, improving and renovating school facilities, including a new high school and elementary school, in the amount of 6.49 mills for 37 years.

The ballot is full this year with numerous contested elections, and each will help determine how a community or school district is operated.

It is an election where your say means the most.

Go vote on Tuesday.