Trumbull County Democrats already have incentive to vote in Tuesday’s primary election with the party’s presidential nomination on the line, but some local races and issues should also drive voters to the polls.

“This year we’re electing county officials and voting on local issues,” said Kelly S. Pallante, director of the Trumbull County Board of Elections.

“Local officials in my opinion are just as important as presidential candidates,” she added.

Besides deciding if they favor Sens. Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama in the primary, Democrats will also decide four county races, choosing between:

• Commissioner candidates Paul E. Heltzel, of Niles, and Daniel E. Polivka, of Warren.

• Sheriff candidates Thomas L. Altiere, of Warren, and Joseph P. Consiglio, of Girard.

• Engineer candidates David DeChristofaro, of Niles, and Randy L. Smith, of Hartford.

• Coroner candidates Humphrey D. Germaniuk and Gary L. Kraker, both of Warren.

Republicans shouldn’t feel left out in the primary because many of the county’s municipalities have local issues on the table as well, Ms. Pallante said.

Among issues local voters will decide whether to support are:

• A 3.75-mill, five-year renewal of a $425,379 levy supporting Joseph Badger Local School District.

• 1-mill levies for fire protection in Orangeville and Vienna.

• Police protection levies of 4 mills in Hubbard Township and 1 mill in Vienna.

Residents of Brookfield’s 13 voting precincts can file their ballots at the township administration building on Strimbu Drive; the fire station on state Route 7; and the auditoriums of the middle school and high school, a secretary in the elections office said.

A full list of candidates and issues appearing on both the Democratic and Republican ballots is available online at

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