Monroe County voters will choose which "Price" is right for the job of county commissioner when they go to the polls Nov. 6.
Leading the ballot there is a commission race between incumbent Tim R. Price, a Democrat, and Independent candidate Timothy D. Price. Both are residents of Sardis.
The "Price" comparisons are inevitable.
One way to differentiate between them is that the Democrat incumbent has an "R" in his name, which could stand for "re-elect." Commissioner Tim R. Price also is the former sheriff of Monroe County.
The Independent challenger, meanwhile, pointed out his name has a "D" in it - not for Democrat, but for a "difference."
Timothy D. Price, 29, said he and the incumbent are distant cousins. The challenger is a graduate of both River High School and Marietta College and an Iraq War veteran. He most recently worked with his brother at Price Construction Co. and will start a well service job with BBU services this week.
Other Monroe County officials are running unopposed for office - Prosecutor James Leland Peters; Clerk of the Common Pleas Court Beth Ann Rose; Sheriff Chuck Black; Recorder Ann Block; Treasurer Judy A. Gramlich; and Engineer Lonnie E. Tustin.
Monroe County communities also will see these issues on their local ballots:
- Switzerland of Ohio School District - additional 2.5-mill levy for improvements and equipment.
- Franklin Township - additional 2.5-mill levy for current operating expenses.
- Lee Township - replacement of 0.5-mill levy for current operating expenses.
- Malaga Township - renewal of 2-mill levy for road maintenance.
- Sunsbury Township - renewal of 2-mill levy for current operating expenses.
- Graysville Village - renewal of 2-mill levy, plus an increase of 1 mill, for a total of 3 mills for operating expenses.
- Jerusalem Village - renewal of 5-mill levy for current expenses.
- Local Option - Malaga East Precinct, Sunday sale of alcohol at Woody's LLC.
- Local Option - Woodsfield South B Precinct, Sunday sale of alcohol at Tri-State Petroleum.