MEIGS COUNTY, Ohio – On May 8, 2018 the Primary Election will take place in Meigs County and across the state of Ohio. Meigs County has several issues and candidates up for voters to decide on.

It is the policy of the Meigs Independent Press to never accept political advertising. “I see it as a conflict of interest to have political advertisements on the MIP. I have not and will not run such ads. I started the MIP to be able to hold elected officials and local government accountable when needed,” said Carrie Gloeckner, owner of the Meigs Independent Press.

In an interest to serve the voters, however, candidates are invited to submit a “Letter to the Voters” telling about themselves and why a Meigs County voter should cast their ballot for the candidate. Gloeckner added, “The ‘Letter to the Voters’ is an opportunity for candidates to get their message out. It is not an opportunity to bash another candidate. If a problem is identified, a candidate should also bring up a possible solution. What would they do? What will they do if elected?”

Candidates should send a photograph along with their letter to meigsindypress@gmail.com. There is no length limit on the letter. The letter will not be edited in any way. Typos, etc., will not be corrected by the Meigs Independent Press. Candidates in non-contested races are welcome to submit letters as well to allow voters to get to know them better as well.

Organizations or local governments with issues on the ballot may also submit a letter explaining why the issue should be passed. For example, a fire department may have a levy or bond issue and could explain why they believe the voters should support it. Issue letters should also be sent to meigsindypress@gmail.com.

“Letters to the Editor” on the upcoming election are also welcome from individuals. There must be a name and contact information with the letter. The contact information will not be published, that is for the editor to be able to verify the person actually submitted the letter and if there are any questions concerning the Letter to the Editor. It should be clearly labeled as a “Letter to the Editor.” The last day election letters will be accepted is May 4, 2018 by 5 p.m.

The Meigs Independent Press will also have articles on the upcoming election as well as a informed voter forum with a Debate Night set for May 2, 2018 at the Farmers Bank Community Room. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with the debate beginning at 6:30 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by the Meigs County Tea Party and the Meigs Independent Press. For more information on the event, click here.