Hillsboro City Council previews starting Thursday


The Times-Gazette

The November ballot for Hillsboro City Council features contested races in all four wards and the at-large berths. The Times-Gazette will be previewing the races beginning with Thursday’s edition.

All council candidates were sent a questionnaire and asked to respond with some basic background information and answers to five specific questions, along with an opportunity to make any additional comments.

This year’s council races will be featured on the following days.

Thursday: Ward 1: Rob Smith, Democrat; Adam Wilkin, Republican.

Friday: Ward 2: Jason L. Burns, Democrat; Claudia Klein (i), Republican.

Saturday: Ward 3: Tim Countryman, Democrat. Wendy Culbreath, Republican.

Tuesday: Ward 4: Mary B. Stanforth, Democrat; Jason Grove, Republican.

Wednesday: Council-at-Large (3 to be elected): Brandon Leeth, Democrat; Tracy Aranyos (i) Republican (currently represents Ward 3); Justin Harsha (i), Republican; Ann E. Morris (i), Republican.

“We appreciate the candidates who have responded to each of our questions and their willingness to share their perspectives with the voters,” said Gary Abernathy, publisher and editor. “We also appreciate the assistance of Republican Party chair Paulette Donley and Democratic Party chair Dinah Phillips on this project.”

Throughout October, The Times-Gazette will also be profiling a number of other contested races on this year’s ballot.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 7. Early voting began last week in Ohio. The hours of operation for early in-person voting at the Highland County Board of Elections office located at the Hi-Tec Center in Hillsboro are:

Weeks two and three, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Week four, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Saturday before Election Day; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the Sunday before Election Day.