Democrats to compete for Congress, commission

LISBON -The May 6 primary election will feature contested races for Congress and Columbiana County commissioner but only among the Democrats.

Wednesday was the filing deadline at the county elections board, and following is a list of the races and candidates:

U.S. Representative

Incumbent Republican Bill Johnson is unopposed, as is Green Party candidate Dennis Lambert of Pedro, a small town near Ironton and southern Ohio.

They will face the winner of the Democratic primary, which features endorsed candidate Jennifer Garrison and Gregory Howard of Albany.

State Representative

Incumbent Democrat Nick Barborak is unopposed in the primary election, as is Republican Craig Newbold and Libertarian Party candidate Martin Elsass.

County Juvenile/Probate Court Judge

Incumbent Republican Tom Baronzzi is unopposed, and no Democrat ran for the position.

County Commissioner

Incumbent Republican Mike Halleck is unopposed, but the Democratic primary will feature a contested race between Salem residents Nathan Walker and Dan Bailey.

County Auditor

Incumbent Republican Nancy Milliken is unopposed, as is Democratic candidate Brandon J. Kovach of Lisbon.

Ohio 7th District Court

of Appeals

Feb. 9, 2015 term

The lone Republican is county Municipal Court Judge Carol Robb. She is unopposed and will face the winner of the Democratic primary, which features David Engler and Anthony Donofrio.

Feb. 10, 2015 term

The Democratic race features incumbent Cheryl Waite, Mark Hanni and a third candidate who filed at the last minute in Mahoning County.

No Republican filed to run.

The unopposed candidates could still face opposition in the November general election because the filing deadline for anyone wanting to run as an independent is May 5.