Mary Alice Reporting – A special election is being held in Ohio due to redistricting, which happens after a census.

The need for an August 2nd primary relates to the drawn-out efforts of redrawing political maps that show a representative’s boundary.

Tuscarawas County Board of Elections Director Gail Garbrandt explains voters will see only three races.

“It’s the State House, the State Senate, and the State Central Committee man and woman for both the democratic and republican parties, but there are no issues on this ballot.”

In this second primary, voters will see Al Landis (R) as the single candidate for the 31st District Senate seat for a full four-year term that begins January 1, 2023.

For the 51st House of Representative race, Brett Hillyer (R) is the lone candidate seeking re-election. Both Landis and Hillyer will be on the November ballot.

Also up for a vote is the party office for the state and county central committee members. On the women’s side, running unopposed is Martha Campbell (D) and Antonia Blake (R).

There is a contested race for the republican and democrat committee man seats. For the republican side, running for a two-year term is Doug Wills looking for re-election, facing opposition from Charles Blake, Doug Deeken, and Patrick Hennessey.

For the democrat party, for a four-year term, there are three candidates vying for a vote including K. William Bailey, Grant Hutcheson, and Eric Stevens.

The Central Committee represents the same district as the 31st Senate seat which now includes all of Tuscarawas, Wayne, and Muskingum counties, and the southwestern portion of Stark and the western side of Guernsey.

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