Metroparks levy tops Lucas County ballot

By Drew Stambaugh -

Swanton area voters in Lucas County will have both local issues and candidates to decide on during the Nov. 3 general election.

There are two county-wide issues on the ballot. Voters will see a new Metroparks levy and a children’s service renewal levy on the ballot.

The 10-year, 2-mill Metroparks levy would be for the purpose of developing, improving, maintaining, and operating the park district and its properties; acquiring, developing, improving, maintaining, and operating additional lands for park and trail purposes; and conserving and improving natural resources, wildlife habitat, streams, and natural areas.

If approved, the levy would generate $15,926,045 per year, according to the Lucas County Auditor’s office.

The Lucas County Children’s Services renewal levy is for five years at 1.8-mills.

Voters in Harding Township will also see a fire and emergency services levy. The five-year levy will be a 1.75-mill renewal with a .25-mill increase, for a total of 2 mills.

There are also several county races that will be decided.

For county commissioner, incumbent Democrat Pete Gerken will face a challenge from Ron Murphy, a Republican. Democratic incumbent Tina Skeldon Wozniak is running unopposed for another commissioner seat.

Three people are running for county sheriff. Democrat Mike Navarre, Republican Brett Warner, and independent Earl D. Mack Jr. will face off.

For clerk of the court of common pleas, Democrat Bernie Quilter will face Republican Donald Grames Jr. Democratic incumbent Phil Copeland faces a challenge from Republican Pam Haynam for county recorder.

In the county treasurer race, Republican John W. Rozic is challenging Democratic incumbent Lindsay M. Webb.

By Drew Stambaugh