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Candidates and issues certified for May Primary

| February 13, 2023

NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) (February 13, 2023) – The Tuscarawas County Board of Elections has certified the issues and Democrat and Republican candidates to appear on the May 2 Primary ballot.

Here is the list of certified candidates and issues from the Board: Certified Primary Candidates – Tuscarawas County BOE

Director Gail Garbrandt says the board only disqualified one candidate’s petitions – from a New Philadelphia Council-at-large hopeful – out of 38 submissions.

Two mayoral primaries will be contested – the Republican one in Dover and the Democrat one in Uhrichsville. In Dover, recently appointed Mayor Shane Gunnoe will square off with Nicholas Homrighausen, the son of Rick Homrighausen, who was just disqualified from public service after a theft in office conviction. In the Uhrichsville mayor primary, incumbent and Democrat Mark Haney faces a challenge from Councilman James Zucal. The two have clashed several times on a variety of issues.

In other races, Dover has at least two candidates in all four of its ward Council races. Three incumbents are Democrats who will be unopposed in the primary but will face Republican challengers in November.

Republican and Ward 2 Councilman Kevin Korns faces a primary challenge from Sean Ring, with the winner running unopposed in the fall.

Meanwhile, at-large Dover Councilwoman Gina Space, in her first term, is challenging four-term Dover Law Director Doug O’Meara in the Democratic primary for the city’s law director job.

There are no contested primaries in New Philadelphia, Dennison, and Newcomerstown, or in Uhrichsville’s Council races.

Independent and write-in candidates have different deadlines and a different process to get on the General Election ballot, so there could still be some candidates added before November.

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