What’s on your primary ballot?
Republicans and Democrats running for governor and U.S. senator from Ohio will be nominated within a week of the November election being set up. But the Statehouse primaries won’t take place until later.
We break down what it all means in this week’s episode of Ohio Politics Explained.
This is a USA TODAY Network Ohio Bureau podcast where we bring you up to date political news in the state in 15 minutes or less. This week, host Anna Staver was joined by reporters Jessie Balmert and Haley BeMiller who covered the races and the redistricting.
1) US Senate Choice
Seven Republicans and three Democrats want to be the next US senator from Ohio.
The Republican race to replace Sen. Rob Portman lacked a favorite until former President Donald Trump endorsed JD Vance. Trump’s stamp of approval will certainly give the author of Hillbilly Elegy a boost, but will it be enough to win?
Former state treasurer Josh Mandel and Cleveland banker Mike Gibbons, who were considered frontrunners before approval, are both hoping the answer is no.
On the Democratic side, U.S. Representative Tim Ryan racked up endorsements, money and a lead in the polls. The Youngstown Democrat hopes to follow Sen. Sherrod Brown’s lead, but Columbus attorney Morgan Harper thinks a more progressive approach would be best.
2) Race for government
On the Democratic side, two former mayors from southwestern Ohio are vying for the nomination: Nan Whaley of Dayton and John Cranley of Cincinnati.
3) No Statehouse Races
Candidates for the 99 State House seats and the 33 Ohio Senate seats will not be on the ballot on May 3.
Cartographers were still going back and forth with the Ohio Supreme Court as the ballots are printed, which means Ohio will likely hold a second primary election in August.
A panel of federal judges has told the state to use the third set of legislative maps unless the Ohio Redistricting Commission can come up with a constitutional package by May 28.
4) All policies are local
School districts, libraries and public safety departments across Ohio are also heading to voters on Tuesday to request new levies as well as renewals of existing ones.
For example, Upper Arlington and Grandview Heights libraries have renewal levies on the ballot while Township of Mifflin (near Gahanna) is asking for more money for their fire department.
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