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2024 March Primary Election Guide: Cuyahoga County



Our previous blog post served as a guide to the March Primary for the entire state of Ohio. This post focuses specifically on the what Cuyahoga County voters will see on their ballots.


Election Overview


The 2024 Ohio Primary Election will take place on March 19th, 2024. During primary elections, voters choose which candidate of one political party will be that party’s official candidate in the November General Election. Therefore, a primary election does not elect a candidate into office, but rather determines if they will move on to the general election, where voters of any political affiliation will be able to vote for them.


Times and Locations


In this primary, polls will be open from 6:30am to 7:30pm. The deadline to register for this primary election is February 20th. Shortly following the registration deadline, early voting begins on February 21st, as well as absentee voting. Absentee ballot applications must be received by the board of elections by March 12th.


To find specific information in your specific City, Ward, and Precinct (such as sample ballots), your declared affiliation, or your polling location, visit The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections Voter Page or use Ballotpedia’s Sample Ballot Lookup Tool.


For more information regarding registration, absentee voting, and guidelines visit the 2024 March Primary Election page by the Country Board of Elections or check out Cleveland VOTES’ 2024 Ohio Primary Election Guide



Cuyahoga County Ballot 


The following candidates are running for national and statewide races that will be on the March 19th, 2024 ballot in the Cuyahoga County Primary Election. In instances where you only see one candidate listed, that candidate is running that race uncontested. 


National


Presidential:


Democratic Candidates 

  • Joseph R. Biden Jr.

    • Protect social security and Medicare

    • Restoring tax rate for wealthiest Americans 

    • Investment in infrastructure 

    • Social and environmental responsibility

  • Dean Phillips 

    • Opposes Republicans’ tax plan in 2017 

    • Investing in social and environmental responsibility 


Republican Candidates

  • Nikki R. Haley

    • Supports tax cuts for wealthiest Americans

    • Opposes canceling student debt

    • Supports continuing funds for War in Ukraine 

  • Donald J. Trump

    • As former President lowered tax rate for wealthiest Americans

    • Framed campaign to return to “America First” agenda 


US Senate:


Democratic Candidates

  • Sherrod Brown

    • Protect social security and Medicare

    • Restoring tax rate for wealthiest Americans 

    • Investment in infrastructure 

    • Social and environmental responsibility

Republican Candidates

  • Matt Dolan 

    • Border and immigration control 

    • Strong backing of law enforcement 

    • Protecting the second amendment 

    • Against abortion rights

  • Frank LaRose

    • Law enforcement and military protection 

    • Border and immigration control

    • Against the housing equity programs proposed by Biden

  • Bernie Moreno 

    • Endorsed by former President Donald Trump 

    • Cutting government spending 

    • Bans on abortions 

    • Ending “cancel culture” in America


State


Ohio Supreme Court (Full term beginning 1/1/2025):


Democratic Candidates 

  • Michael Donnelly

    • Legal background 

    • Dedication to fair legal processes, improving conditions for those with mental health conditions 

    • Goal of improving post-conviction processes 


Republican Candidates

  • Megan Shanahan 

    • Previously a felony prosecutor 

    • Tough on crime and with granting plea deals 


Ohio Supreme Court (Full term beginning 1/2/2025):


Democratic Candidates 

  • Melody J. Stewart 

    • Previous administrator for health care management 

    • Worked in community service 

    • First Black woman elected to the Ohio Supreme Court 


Republican Candidates

  • Joseph T. Deters 

    • Appointed by Mike DeWine in 2023

    • Formed units focused on protecting women and children from crimes 


Ohio Supreme Court (Unexpired Term Ending 12/31/2026):


Democratic Candidates 

  • Lisa Forbes 

    • Former business lawyer 

    • Served on Boards of the Centers for Families and Children and Circle Health for over a decade

  • Terri Jamison 

    • Former judicial experience 

    • Former private practitioner standing behind families in crisis

    • Striving for equal justice under the law for all Ohioans 


Republican Candidates

  • Daniel R. Hawkins 

    • Former municipal court judge

    • Former director of the Special Victims Unit preventing crimes against women and children like trafficking, etc. 



County


The following candidates are running for county-wide races that will be on the March 19th, 2024 ballot in the Cuyahoga County Primary Election. In instances where you only see one candidate listed, that candidate is running that race uncontested. 


County Prosecutor 


Democratic Candidates

  • Matthew Ahn

    • Supports equitable justice for all, not only those who can afford the best-connected lawyers

    • Former public defender

    • Supports breaking cycles of trauma and supporting rehabilitation 

  • Michael C. O’Malley 

    • Prosecutor with a zero tolerance policy towards violent crime 

    • Advocate for behavioral health services outside of the criminal justice system 

    • Believes in second chance programs 


Republican Candidates

  • Anthony Alto 

    • Attorney and board member with St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation 

    • Client-focused criminal defense

    • Strives for increased empowerment and development 


County Council 

[You can find the full list of candidates here.]


County Court of Common Pleas 

[You can find the full list of candidates here.]


Other issues on the March 19 Cuyahoga County ballot


Health and Human Services Levy 


  • This Levy was voted to be put on the March 2024 Primary Election ballot, and would renew a 4.8 million dollar tax levy for Health and Human Services. 

  • If approved, funds from the tax levy will supplement general fund appropriations for Health and Human Services for the following 8 years

  • Because this Levy would be a renewal, it would be extended for 8 years, and would not increase current taxes.


All Cuyahoga County residents can check their individual registration status and find their local polling locations on the County Board of Elections website. Or you can visit Cleveland VOTES' Voter Activation Page




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