MILLERSBURG -- Sitting on appointment of Gov. John Kasich, the incumbent judge of Holmes County's Municipal Court will face opposition in the May primary election.
Andrew G. Hyde, Lakeville, is challenged in the Republican primary by Samuel M. Steimel, Millersburg, in a bid to fill the unexpired term of the late Jane Irving-Baserman.
There are no Democratic candidates seeking the position, which will complete a term that expires on Dec. 31.
Hyde and Steimel were among three local attorneys recommended by the Holmes County Republican Party Central Committee to fill the position made vacant by Irving's Aug. 28 death.
All three were interviewed by members of Kasich's team, and Hyde, who landed the appointment, was sworn in Nov. 18.
It is the only contested race to appear on the May 2 ballot in Holmes County; however, voters in three different districts are being asked to weigh in on several issues. They are:
■ Baltic Village -- a two-mill, five-year renewal levy for current expenses;
■ Triway Local School District -- a 4.55-mill, three-year renewal levy for emergency requirements; and
■ Millersburg West -- an option for Sunday sales, 10 a.m.-midnight, for off-premise sale of beer, wine and mixed beverages at Walmart, 1640 S. Washington St., Millersburg.
Reporter Christine Pratt can be reached at 330-674-5676 or firstname.lastname@example.org.