This year’s primary election set for May 8 presents voters in Hardin County and throughout Ohio with a full ballot. Late last week, the Hardin County Board of Elections and Secretary of State Jon Husted released the slate of candidates for nine governing positions in the county and the state. Locally, three Republican candidates will vie for a shot at one open commissioner’s seat: Mike Bacon, Tim Striker and Bob Carder.
State-wide, the candidates for seven posts — five of which are contested, including that of governor — are listed below:

Governor/Lt. Governor

Richard Cordray/Betty Sutton (D)
Mike DeWine/Jon Husted (R)
Larry E. Ealy/Jeffrey Lynn (D)
Constance Gadell-Newton/Brett R. Joseph (G)
Jonathan Heavey/Adam Hudak (D)
Dennis John Kucinich/Tara L. Samples (D)
Bill O’Neill/Chantelle C. Lewis (D)
Connie Pillich/Scott Schertzer (D)
Paul E. Ray/Jerry M. Schroeder (D)
Joe Schiavoni/Stephanie Dodd (D)
Mary Taylor/Nathan D. Estruth (R)
Attorney General (uncontested)
Steve Dettelbach (D)
Dave Yost (R)
Auditor of State
Keith Faber (R)
Kelli Prather (D)
Zack Space (D)
Secretary of State (uncontested)
Kathleen Clyde (D)
Frank LaRose (R)
Supreme Court
Craig Baldwin (R) - Term Commencing 1/1/2019
Mary DeGenaro (R) - Term Commencing 1/2/2019
Michael Donnelly (D) – Term Commencing 1/1/2019
Melody Stewart (D) – Term Commencing 1/2/2019
Treasurer of State
Sandra O’Brien (R)
Neil Patel (D)
Rob Richardson (D)
Robert Sprague (R)

In addition, a Republican candidate looking to upset veteran U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D) is also in the offing. Five candidates have filed to represent the GOP, including: Melissa Ackison, Don Elijah Eckhart, Mike Gibbons, Dan Kiley, and Jim Renacci.