Voter Guides – Our Voter Guide

Look for our online voter guide around September 18th.  Locally contested races this time are few: Licking County Commissioner and Ohio House District 71.  The list of contested races may change if there are any write-in candidates, and if so, we will invite them to submit profiles.

Races for the State Board of Education District 9 and the Congressional District 12 will be covered in Vote411 by League chapters in Athens and Delaware.

Are you planning to vote absentee in 2020?

Dear Members and Friends,

Have you heard the news?  Around Labor Day 2020, Ohio will be mailing ALL registered voters a form to request an absentee ballot.  LWVO had been advocating for this along with other election reforms before the election this fall, so this is good news. 

Secretary of State, Frank LaRose, anticipating the surge of requests at that time, however is encouraging people not to wait for the Labor Day mailing.  Rich and I sent our request in today’s mail.  Request an absentee ballot now if that is what you plan to do.

Two approaches will work:

1.  You can go to the SOS website to print one: Absentee Request Form 

Mail the completed form to: Licking County Board of Elections, 20 South Second Street, Newark, OH. 43055

2.  Alternately, you can just phone the Licking County BOE to ask for one: 740-670-5080

In the several months between now and the election, you may forget that you asked for this (speaking for myself here), but you will be flagged as an absentee voter in the electronic poll book.  Know that if you then show up expecting to vote at your precinct on election day, you will be asked to vote on a provisional ballot.

Good thing we can check on our absentee requests on the Licking County BOE website! Check my Absentee Request

LWLC President

Our voter guide is now live!

  • Go to
  • Click Find What’s on your Ballot. Then enter your residential address.
  • Look for drop down menus – separate ones for towns and school districts.

Please help get the word out about this great resource.  Attached is a poster that you can print and post on any bulletin board you commonly pass: at your gym, church, ice cream shop, community center

Who’s Running for Judge?

Not sure who to vote for when it comes to judicial races? Get to know who’s running before you cast your vote.

Candidate, issues forum to be held October 22, 2019 at 6:30 PM 1 min read

The Granville Area Chamber of Commerce and the League of Women Voters of Licking County will jointly host an informational Candidate and Issues Forum from 6:30-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22 in the Granville Schools’ Middle School Little Theater on New Burg Street.

Granville Township Trustee candidates, candidates for Granville Township Fiscal Officer, as well as candidates for the Granville School Board will be invited to participate in the Forum which will be moderated by Granville Chamber Board Chair Jenny Morehead and League of Women Voters President Rita Kipp.

Each candidate will be afforded time for a brief opening statement and will be asked to respond to one or more prepared questions from a list of questions provided to them in advance. Candidates will also have the opportunity to briefly rebut the answers provided by their competitor(s). There will also be presentations and information relating to the Tax Levy – Renewal – Granville Public Library, as well as the Tax Levy – Replacement – Licking County Senior Citizens Services – both of which are issues on the Nov. 5 ballot.

Please understand that this is not a debate format. Rather, the intent of this forum is to allow candidates to share their own perspective and positions on key issues important to voters and to provide non-partisan education and information so that our local electorate is well informed about the upcoming election and ballot issues.

You can help us to identify the questions you want the candidates to answer by submitting your preferred race specific question(s) to Steve Matheny at the Granville Area Chamber of Commerce via email to or via regular mail to P.O. Box 603, Granville, OH 43023.

The Chamber and the League of Women Voters will jointly review all questions received and reserve the right to edit or modify same for clarity and/or brevity. Please submit your proposed questions no later than Friday, Oct. 4. Thank you in advance for your interest to be an informed voter — we look forward to seeing you at the Forum!Read or Share this story:

May 7, 2019 PRIMARY –

COUNCIL-at-Large – City of Newark

Vote for not more than 3 – Term commences 1/1/2020

Candidate information from

Bill Cost, Jr.

Biographical Info:

Mailing Address: 786 West Main St. Newark, OH 43055

Campaign Phone: (740) 345-0001


Campaign Email:

Current job (10 words): Owner, Bill Cost Jr. Photography.

Education (30 words): Graduate of the Ohio State University, 1976. Graduate of Granville High School, 1973.

Work experience/qualifications (60 words): Owner of a small business in Newark for 43 years. For the last 8 years, I have had the honor of serving on Newark City Council. Working together we have accomplished a great deal for the City of Newark. I am asking for the opportunity of continuing to serve our community.


Q: What is the biggest problem facing Newark today, and how would you address it?

A: Improving general living conditions for the citizens of our community. Specifically, I am referring to access to safe, affordable housing for lower and middle income. I also feel we need to find a way of offering public transportation. With all of the improvements that have been made in Newark, I think we will need to address these issues in the same manner that we have other challenges, with people working together, allowing both public and private groups to accomplish a great deal more than they could separately. These goals can be achieved and our city will continue to improve.

Q: Is the current balance of revenue sources ideal for ensuring Newark’s financial health in the long term? If not, how would you adjust the municipal income tax, and what changes would you advocate in the ways that state, county and other revenues are collected and allocated?

A: Most challenges that local government face have to do with having enough funds. Our income tax funds have improved over the last two years with the upswing of the local economy. What else has helped is that our city is running its operation in a very conservative fiscal manner. We are very fortunate to have directors of our city departments who work to stay within budget. Another positive factor is that the city has been able to secure grants that help with the bottom line. One major challenge has been that the state has taken back funding that was counted on in the past. Hopefully those funds will come back to local municipal governments in the future.

Q: What is the best way to attract and retain jobs in Newark?

A: Our goal is to make Newark a place that people want to live, work, play, and raise a family. Let’s continue to improve conditions that bring good jobs and business growth. Let’s continue to offer great educational opportunities and job training. Let’s continue to make Newark a city that offers opportunities for everyone.

Daniel Crawford

Biographical Info:

Mailing Address: 163 S. 2nd St Newark, OH 43055

Campaign Phone: (740) 349-1824


Campaign Email:

Current job (10 words): I work as a Manager-in-Charge, Front End Coordinator, and/or Cashier at Giant Eagle in Heath.

Education (30 words): I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Government with Minors in History and Public Administration (Ashford University – 2013)

Work experience/qualifications (60 words): I’ve worked since I was about 16 years old. I have been in fast food, warehousing, retail, general cleaning, and temporary work. I have also been active in our community from local organizing to Chairing the Freedom School of Licking County, and I served on the Charter Review Commission in 2017.


Q: What is the biggest problem facing Newark today, and how would you address it?

A: The biggest problem facing the City of Newark is the same as what you see throughout our state and country: a lack of representation for the working class. The disconnect between our City Government and Newark’s working class (which encompasses all citizens who need to work for a living, depending on each paycheck) is painfully obvious when you observe the decision-making process in Council Chambers. A few years ago, I spoke at a Council meeting about the need for full-time, living wage job creation during a discussion about the Thornwood Crossing development. Mayor Hall’s response was that our concern wasn’t about whether jobs were “part-time” or “full-time”, but that they were at least jobs being created. That mindset teaches the listener that our local government cares more about positive statistics than the real-life results buried thereby. If elected, you can guarantee that I will not settle for “any job creation”. I want REAL job creation. The working class deserves nothing less.

Q: Is the current balance of revenue sources ideal for ensuring Newark’s financial health in the long term? If not, how would you adjust the municipal income tax, and what changes would you advocate in the ways that state, county and other revenues are collected and allocated?

A: Unfortunately, the State Legislature and former Governor Kasich did a number on municipal governments throughout this state. They raided the Local Government Fund to pay for tax cuts for Ohio’s wealthiest and then the State turned around and decided that local governments will soon no longer be in control of their own tax collection. Even without this interference from the State, our revenue stream is wholly inadequate. For a City which claims that it wants to grow, we are not making the investments in our infrastructure and safety forces which are essential to serve our community AS IS. What this means, brace yourself, is that we need to have an honest discussion about the unsustainability of our current rates. We can NOT maintain this City dependent on grant dollars from the State and Federal governments. We need to make the budget easier to understand for Newark’s average citizen so that they can see the need for more revenue for themselves. Creating living wage jobs will help too.

Q: What is the best way to attract and retain jobs in Newark?

A: Our streets have been neglected for far too long, so it is imperative that we raise revenue to initiate a City-wide repaving project at more than the snail’s pace we’ve been seeing. It will be difficult to attract or retain any jobs without addressing the infrastructure crisis on our hands. We must also deal with the lack of reliable and AFFORDABLE public transportation so that prospective employers can be connected with the vast potential for labor (and customers) which remain untapped due to the lack of mobility among our citizens. There is also the issue of crime, which is itself a product of the rise of desperation in our community. People are struggling to afford their rent and are being driven into that unenviable condition of homelessness. If we want to deal with crime AND homelessness (and we should not conflate the two) then we absolutely must invest in better services, staff our safety forces, and aspire to create jobs which will make a positive difference in people’s lives.

Seth Dobbelaer

Biographical Info:

Mailing Address: 977 Grafton Rd Apt 8 Newark, OH 43055

Campaign Phone: (740) 706-0788


Campaign Email:

Current job (10 words): Owner/Operator – Charlie’s Apples and Loaned Executive – United Way of Licking County

Education (30 words): Homeschooling was a beneficial educational opportunity that supplemented traditional learning with the freedom to spend time volunteering.

Work experience/qualifications (60 words): Through my work with numerous organizations in, and around our community I’ve developed a deep understanding of the problems facing our city. For those reasons, combined with a strong work ethic, I believe I’m uniquely qualified to help lead our city forward.


Q: What is the biggest problem facing Newark today, and how would you address it?

A: It’s difficult to select a single issue as the largest in the city when there’s no shortage of areas that need attention. To highlight one, it would be homelessness and the situations that cause families and individuals to fall into hard circumstances. The rate of homelessness in Newark is something every leader should be taking seriously. Successful outcomes to this issue will take drastic steps, and we need participants from all area’s to provide the resources for solutions. We need to transition Newark’s homeless population to stable housing units by creating low-barrier housing with state/local sponsored programs. The dollars for these programs should come from state, county, and local funds while leveraging public/private partnerships. Solutions require coalitions across the city to tackle the problem together – government, non-profit, faith community, and business. I’ll work to bring as many people to the table as possible to create solutions for those affected by homelessness.

Q: Is the current balance of revenue sources ideal for ensuring Newark’s financial health in the long term? If not, how would you adjust the municipal income tax, and what changes would you advocate in the ways that state, county and other revenues are collected and allocated?

A: In short – no. The city is always in need of more tax revenue because greater tax revenue equals higher quality services. However, our top priority should be to make sure every single dollar being spent is going out at the right time and to the right source before we go to the voters for a change in taxation. In the unfortunate case of a suggested income tax increase, we would need to make sure that extensive public input is gathered by canvassing neighborhoods, holding public forums, and inviting the residents to city hall to share their concerns. The best thing that could happen to city finances is for leaders at the state level to restore the $1 billion local governments have lost over the last nine years in cuts to municipal funds. That starts with our local leaders calling on our state leadership for a change in policy to begin and shift those dollars back to communities like Newark.

Q: What is the best way to attract and retain jobs in Newark?

A: Ensuring we have a job-ready workforce needs to be a top priority. In Newark we’re fortunate to not only have access to traditional four year colleges, but we also have a huge resource in the form of C-TEC (Central Ohio Technical College) and OSU-Newark. Both institutions provide job ready training at a reasonable cost in less than four years. Our community can do a better job ensuring our k-12 students are aware of and encouraged to explore career paths leading toward in-demand trade jobs, certifications in the medical field, and so much more. This route of education not only provides skilled job capabilities, but having a well prepared workforce also attracts employers and investments that we need in Newark and Licking County.

Jen Kanagy

Biographical Info:

Mailing Address: 2584 Upland View Court Newark, Oh 43055

Campaign Phone: (740) 503-4787


Campaign Email:

Current job (10 words): RN. I resigned my positions in Columbus. I felt it was important to work in the community I serve.

Education (30 words): I graduated from Berne Union high school with 70 of my closest friends. I then earned my degree in nursing and have loved my career choice.

Work experience/qualifications (60 words): I have been serving the public for 25 years as a registered nurse. I am co-captain of the Newark Homeless outreach where we work in the community. I have my finger on the pulse of the needs of Newark. I see many areas that could be improved. I have ideas to improve peoples lives, and the city.


Q: What is the biggest problem facing Newark today, and how would you address it?

A: We have many problems like funding, infrastructure, jobs, housing and public transportation. It is hard to pinpoint one issue as they are tied together. To start, I think as a city we can provide the same great public transportation options Zanesville and Lancaster provide. We can provide fixed route busing between the 3 college campus’s to bring students and business to our newly renovated downtown. We can give folks options to get to the business’s on 21st to shop or get to LMH. We can provide fixed route busing to bring workers to the Industrial Parks, and jobs on the west side of Newark. I know people who have walked 2 hours one way to get to a job, and we can do better than that as a city. I think as a city we can do better than a median rental cost of $900+ dollars. Families working 2 jobs at minimum wage need affordable housing. We have to make sure we have options for struggling families, and make sure our housing mix remains equitable while maintaining property value.

Q: Is the current balance of revenue sources ideal for ensuring Newark’s financial health in the long term? If not, how would you adjust the municipal income tax, and what changes would you advocate in the ways that state, county and other revenues are collected and allocated?

A: Our revenue source is not ideal. It seems every year we struggle to find money to pay our safety forces and take care of our roads and bridges. I think the first thing we have to do as a city is demand the state give us the 2 Million they took away. Some say it has trickled back into the community through grants, but I feel we could be better stewards of this money at the local level. The state is sitting on a $2 billion dollar rainy day fund, and I have to say, it is a monsoon in Newark. Gov Kasich also changed the way cities collected taxes, and when I spoke with Mrs. Jobes, that was going to be a loss for Newark as well. At this time, I know as a resident of Newark, I pay school tax, Newark tax, Granville tax, property tax, gas tax, special tax and so on. I do not feel I could ask tax payers to pay more in income tax. We have to bring innovative new business into Newark, and prepare the city for future automated jobs, all while improving folks everyday life. We are ready.

Q: What is the best way to attract and retain jobs in Newark?

A: Again, I think this goes back to transportation. In the transportation study that was done the amount of individual families that only had one car, or no car was staggering. Just like the point in time count, that showed Newark had 300 homeless children according to HUD rules, is staggering. We have to be able to provide public transportation for parents to get to jobs, and support their families. It is reported that when Amazon scouts a location for a warehouse or headquarters, the first thing they look at is available public transit. Lyft is just not an affordable way for our citizens to get to work on a daily basis. I have talked to Veterans who can not attend their medical visits, because they don’t have transportation. The county system is not user friendly for folks that need to use it often. I think business’s are looking east of Columbus into bedroom communities like Newark, but if they can’t find workers with adequate transportation, they won’t settle here in Newark.

Board of Elections Access

Licking County Board of Elections

Election Information LINK:

Licking County Municipal Court Judge

Vote for not more than 1 – Term commences 1/1/2020

Matthew George (R), Newark

James E. Hood (R), Reynoldsburg

Deborah G. Lang (R), Newark

Philip L. Proctor (D), Newark

Max Sutton (D), Newark