Election Day – Tuesday May 3

Voting hours: Polling stations open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Early voting in person at the Lawrence County Courthouse

Monday, May 2, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Absentee ballots returned by US Mail must be postmarked by May 2 and received by election commissions by that date to be counted.

All listed local candidates received a questionnaire. Candidates were limited to word count. Some answers were cut to length specs. Changes are indicated by (…).

Lawrence County Commissioner

EDITOR’S NOTE: Applicants were asked about the location of the new Lawrence County jail on the former site of Lombard Elementary. Since the questionnaires were posted, the Lawrence County Commission announced that it was removing the Lombard site from consideration in favor of a site in a non-residential neighborhood.

Mike Finley

Age: 64

Residence: Burlington, Ohio

To party: Republican

Professional experience: Graduated from Chesapeake High School, Class of 1976. Pursued an apprenticeship and became a Certified Mason in all 50 states and Canada.

Occupation: Mason, contractor and entrepreneur.

Political experience: Syndic of the canton of Fayette.

Civic engagement: Concerned Citizens of Burlington, Vice President of Special Needs Youth Sportsmen, member of the National Wild Turkey Federation.

What will be your priority if elected? Less talk and more action. I will focus on economic development to attract businesses to provide well-paying jobs for our residents. I will work to save Union Rome’s sewage plant so that our citizens can afford this basic service.

What makes you the best candidate for the job? I am tenacious and motivated. I will relentlessly pursue the betterment of Lawrence County.

What professional accomplishments are you most proud of? I once received the Governor’s Award for the most innovative idea in housing.

Do you prefer the old Lombard primary school as the site of the Lawrence County Jail? If not, where would you suggest it be located: Nope. I am not in favor of a prison in a residential area. We have an abundance of land in Lawrence County and can find a more suitable site.

The county has in recent years seen a number of recovery centers open. Do you think these centers are an advantage for our region? Do you think there should be more regulation as to how they operate? (…) It is important that people with addiction problems have access to resources to help them recover. I believe there needs to be more regulation at the state and federal levels to ensure that all clients receive proper care and that our communities stay safe.

What do you think could be done to improve broadband service for the county? I think we should explore the use of 5G wireless networks, which remove the burden of a wired broadband connection to provide high-speed access. I believe that building and maintaining fiber lines is the biggest hurdle we have right now.

What do you see as an economic model for the future of Lawrence County? Business attracts business. I would like to create an incubator to give small businesses the education and resources they need to thrive.

other comments: I have a passion for Lawrence County. I want to see our county prosper now and in the future. I ask you to vote for me, Mike Finley, on May 3.

Lester Brumfield

(No questionnaire returned)

Freddie Hayes Jr. (incumbent)

Age: 48

Residence: Municipality of Rome

To party: Republican

Professional context: Lawrence County Commissioner, owner/operator of a private company, director of the Lawrence Water Corporation.

Occupation: Lawrence County Commissioner

Policy live: Lawrence County Commissioner 2012-current, Central Committee 2016-current, Board of Elections 2010-2012, Lawrence County Fair Board

Civic participation: Lions Club, County Senior Centers, Ohio Imagination Library, Project First Impression

What will be your priority if elected? I will build on past successes and create new opportunities for employment, education/vocational training and recreation. I will give priority to services surrounding our veterans, our youth and our seniors. I will do all of this while protecting the financial health of our county.

• WWhat makes you the best candidate for the job? There is no substitute for experience. I have a deep knowledge and understanding of the job that will allow me to continue serving with no learning curve. (…)

What professional accomplishments are you most proud of? While I am proud of many personal professional accomplishments, what I am most proud of is the financial stability of Lawrence County. Since I took office, the county has always operated in the dark. (…)

Do you prefer the old Lombard primary school as the site of the Lawrence County Jail? If not, where would you suggest it be located? : (…) we have secured a larger and more suitable site on the site of the former cement works. It is just outside the city limits, so we are working closely with the Mayor of Ironton to annex the location to the City of Ironton.

The county has in recent years seen a number of recovery centers open. Do you think that these centers are an advantage for our regionnot? Do you think there should be more regulation as to how they operate? The rehabilitation of our dependent population is essential. (…) We need to strengthen our approach to recovery, while protecting all of our fellow citizens from the effects of addiction. We should hold centers accountable for the measured success of their clients.

What do you think could be done to improve broadband service for the county? (…) Recently, millions of dollars have been awarded to Lawrence County projects through grants from the Ohio Residential Broadband Grant Program. We will match these grants with $1.2 million from county coffers. The project should last two years.

What do you see as an economic model for the future of Lawrence County? (…) When you consider the millions of dollars invested in construction technology and combine that with our river, rail and road systems, we have an attractive climate for economic growth by soliciting manufacturing and technology industries. (…)

Brian Pinkerman

(No questionnaire returned)

Tim Sexton

Age: 60

Residence: Coal Grove

To party: Republican

Professional context: Ohio State Cavalier, Chief Investigator-Lawrence County Attorney, Assistant Professor-Ohio University Southern, Founder of the Lawrence Drug and Major Crimes Task Force and Director for 15 years, Program Administrator and Subject Matter Expert-Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services (… )

Occupation: Current Contract Investigative Agent for Southern Ohio Cgovernment counsel for the Lawrence County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

Policy Live: Coal Grove Village Council, sought and served warrant. Lawrence County Sheriff 2001-2009. Active participant in the campaigns of Ray “Moose” Dutey (listener) and JB Collier, Jr. (attorney).

Civic engagement: Burlington Historic Jail Committee, volunteer presenter at Lawrence County Historical Society Ghost Walk, former Youth League baseball/basketball coach, Life of Christ Drama volunteer.

What will be your priority if elected? Responsibility towards the taxpayer of his investments, his taxes. I will be effective in meeting NEEDS.

What makes you the best candidate for the job? I chose to run because I care. I believe in government of the people, by the people, for the people. My government experience will prove to be an asset in the leadership needed in the role of your county commissioner. (…)

What professional accomplishments are you most proud of in your life? My entrance and graduation from the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy; In 1991, I started the law enforcement program on behalf of former Superintendent Perry Walls at what was then Lawrence County Vocational School. It remains a successful program today. (…)

Do you prefer the old Lombard Elemthe primary school as the site of the new prison? If not, where? I have been clear from day one against this site. There were no public hearings and the owners were taken aback by this announcement. My option is the most effective and efficient. Build a 125-bed prison on the current site (…)

The county has in recent years seen a number of recovery centers open. Do you feel these cenbenefit the region? Do you think there should be more regulation as to how they operate? One thing people have to have is hope, because without hope you have nothing. However, there should be regulations. For example, licensing and inspection fees should be enacted by local government entities. (…)

What can be done to improve broadband service? Work with federal, state and local governments. Seek grant funds, engage with stakeholders in the field seeking expert advice and guidance to achieve a set goal to improve services in our county.

What do you see as an economic model for the future of Lawrence County? I think as commissioner you engage with experts who review options and make sound decisions on investments. Looking to invest money when you can locally. (…)

Other comments: I attend Sharon Baptist Church in Ironton, where I have served as a trustee, member of the finance committee and usher. I am pro life.

Lawrence County Auditor

Paul David Knipp

(No questionnaire returned)

Voting issues

Lawrence County Sales and Use Tax Increase Proposal

A majority affirmative vote is required for passage

“The Board of County Commissioners of Lawrence County proposes to levy a sales and use tax increase in the amount of one-half percent (1/2%) for the purposes of the construction, operation , the acquisition, equipment or repair of a county detention center, for a continuous period.

Will the Lawrence County Commissioners’ resolution proposing a 1/2% increase in sales and use tax be approved? »

Proposed tax levy – (renewal)

Town of Ironton

A majority affirmative vote is required for passage

“A renewal of a tax for the benefit of the town of Ironton, for the purpose of providing and maintaining recreational services, at a rate not exceeding one-half (0.5) thousandth for each dollar of assessment, which amounts to five cents ($0.05) for every one hundred dollars of valuation, for five (5) years, commencing in 2022, the earliest due date being calendar year 2023.”


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