The League of Women Voters often has been asked when it will do a Voter Guide and/or a Candidates Night for the primary election as it does for the general election in November. This year, there is no primary for the city of Tiffin, so we definitely will not do a Voter Guide or Candidates Night. What, you say no primary?
Well, let us explain. After many months of work, the Charter Review Commission placed a number of amendments on the ballot in 2011. If you recall, one of those amendments, approved by voters that year, now provides for an "open primary" of city officials. Individuals who run may or may not note their political party affiliation and there will only be a primary election if more than two persons run for an office. This year, only one or two individuals are running for any of the offices, so there will not be a primary election.
In November, we will elect city officials, township officials and members of boards of education plus approve any state and/or local ballot issues.
City officials to be elected include council president, three council members-at-large and the municipal judge. Township officials and school board members do not run in the primary election only in the fall, so they will also be on the ballot in November.
Sometimes, we have ballot issues at the primary election, but not this year. There are no ballot issues for the state, city of Tiffin, nor for the Tiffin, Mohawk or Hopewell-Loudon schools. However, there are a few ballot issues around the county, including a proposed tax levy (substitute) for the Fostoria school district, a proposed tax levy for the Clyde-Green Springs school district, a proposed bond issue for the Bellevue public library, a proposed income tax renewal for the Bettsville school district, a proposed tax levy (replacement) for the village of Attica and a proposed bond issue and tax levy for the Carey school district (which affects part of Big Spring Township).
Therefore, because those issues do not impact Tiffin and there is no primary for elected officials, we will not do a primary Voter Guide this spring. We can't speculate about what we might do in another year. However, the League of Women Voters does plan to print a Voter Guide and host a Candidates Night before the general election in November. Look for information about those activities in October.
Mary Haynes, LWV president,
League of Women Voters of the Tiffin Area