What happened Tuesday?: Quick look at election highlights

Here's a look at some of the highlights from Tuesday’s election across the region.

1. State Issue 2 fails big

With nearly 100 percent of precincts reporting, the measure failed 79 percent to 21 percent. 

The Associated Press called Issue 2 as failing shortly before 8:30 p.m. and supporters then conceded at a Columbus watch party. 

“Make no mistake, although this particular campaign did not win tonight, it is just the beginning of an awareness in Ohio about what huge drug companies are doing to our people,” Ohio Taxpayers for Lower Drug Prices said in a statement. “This system we have for drug pricing in America has got to give, and sooner rather than later, one state will successfully stand up to big drug companies and Ohio will wish it could have been the first.” 

Curt Steiner, campaign manager for the opposition, said voters recognized that Issue 2 would be unworkable and wouldn’t do what it promised. 


2. Three members of ‘slate’ win Dayton School Board seats; Rhynard in, Lacey out

The lone incumbent seeking re-election to the Dayton school board has lost.

Three of the four “slate” candidates for Dayton Public Schools Board of Education appear to have won, along with involved DPS parent Jocelyn Rhynard, according to final unofficial results from the Montgomery County Board of Elections.

Eight candidates were fighting for four seats on the Dayton Public Schools Board of Education, and four candidates ran as a team — a slate endorsed by Mayor Nan Whaley.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, slate members William Harris, Mohamed Al-Hamdani and Karen Wick-Gagnet were in first, second and fourth place, respectively, with Rhynard in third.

 Incumbent Joe Lacey was about 200 votes behind Wick-Gagnet in fifth, and final slate member Paul Bradley was about 300 votes back in sixth. Then there is a drop-off to Ann Marie (Mario) Gallin and Jo’el Jones in seventh and eighth.

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Dayton School Board Candidates clockwise from top left: Mohamed Al-Hamdani, Paul Bradley, Jocelyn Rhynard, Joe Lacey, Karen Wick-Gagnet, William Harris, Jo’el Jones, Ann Marie ‘Mario’ Gallin.

3. School levies: Career Center bond issue passes; Troy levy fails

Voters across five counties appear to have narrowly approved the Miami Valley Career Technology Center’s bond request to do a $158 million renovation and expansion of its campus in Clayton.

With only 6 of several hundred precincts still uncounted late Tuesday night, the combination bond issue/tax levy was ahead by 1,000 votes, or a 50.7 to 49.3 ratio.

Meanwhile, Wayne Local Schools may be headed for a recount of its bond issue, with unofficial results from Warren and Greene counties showing 1,237 votes in favor, and 1,232 votes against. And voters in the Troy and Preble Shawnee districts rejected bond issues aimed at building new schools.

When local voters agree to pay for part of a decades-long bond project via property taxes, the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) chips in millions of dollars to fund the rest.

** MVCTC: Voters in 27 districts around five counties approved a major renovation and expansion of the career tech/joint vocational school that serves 1,500 high school students, as well as adults.

Superintendent Nick Weldy said the $158 million project would improve safety, replace out-of-date technology in welding, machining and other programs, and add capacity so the Clayton campus could serve hundreds more students per year — students who are turned away today.

** Troy: Voters rejected a 30-year bond issue to replace seven existing schools with two new elementaries, by a 60-40 ratio. The plan had been to buy 58 acres off Ohio 55 and Nashville Road, just west of the city limits, to build one school for preschool through second grade and the other for third through sixth grades.

** Wayne Local: Waynesville voters appeared to approve a bond issue aimed at replacing an old elementary school and constructing a new community center on the existing school campus. But the 50.1 to 49.9 percent vote breakdown means a recount is expected.

The 4.68-mill bond issue would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $163.80 annually, and the state would contribute $4.5 million to the school portion of the project, which includes parking and transportation upgrades.

** Preble Shawnee: Shawnee voters rejected a combination property tax levy/income tax increase to pay for a new elementary in Camden and a new middle/high school between Gratis and West Elkton. They had already rejected the proposal twice in the past year.

Two major suburbs with some anti-tax history, Beavercreek and Springboro, both approved substitute school levies designed to turn five-year levies into permanent ones.

The 6-mill Beavercreek levy, which voters rejected in May passed by a 55-45 ratio. The 7.4-mill Springboro substitute levy, on the ballot for the first time, passed by a 51-49 ratio.

Substitute levies keep existing residents’ tax rates the same, but allow for schools’ revenues to grow if there is new construction.

Three districts asked voters to renew existing levies but make them permanent, and Kettering, Vandalia-Butler and Miami East all saw those levies pass easily. Straight five-year renewals in Miamisburg, Milton-Union, Cedar Cliff and a pair of levies in New Lebanon all passed easily.

4. Sunday drinking hours to expand in downtown, Oregon District

Dayton voters in Precinct 1-B overwhelmingly voted for an extra hour of drinking on Sundays, 86-14 percent. 

The issue — which supporters have dubbed the “brunch bill,” will allow bars and restaurants to start serving alcohol on Sundays at 10 a.m. instead of 11.

5. New mayor coming for Huber Heights; Fairborn, Kettering also have mayor races

In Huber Heights:  Jeffrey Gore will be the next mayor of Huber Heights, according to the unofficial results.

Gore beat David Wilson by 56 percent to 43 percent.

Nancy Byrge will become the next city councilperson at-large. She beat Chase Warden in Montgomery County 57 percent to 42 percent.

Andrew Hill appears to have narrowly beat Carl Urbanas in a razor’s edge race of 50 percent to 49 percent. The men are separated by 13 votes.

Mark Campbell beat Linda Morin, 56 percent to 43 percent.

Seth Morgan won an noncompetitive race for Ward 3.

In Kettering: Mayor Don Patterson easily defeated two challengers in his race for re-election.

Patterson had 76 percent of the vote. 

Three-time candidate, Michael Barnett, had 14.6 percent and political newcomer, Nuponu Gorneleh, had 9.04 percent.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley was not facing a challenger this year, the first time in Dayton history since the mayor has been popularly elected.

In Fairborn: The Fairborn deputy mayor and a recent Fairborn High School graduate are facing off to be the next mayor in today’s election.

 Paul M. Keller and Ethan Long are running for a two-year term to succeed Mayor Dan Kirkpatrick.

6. Montgomery County Human Services, Sinclair levies pass easily

With more than 90 percent of precincts reporting, the Montgomery County Human Services Levy passed easily, so far receiving about three of every four votes.

The levy helps fund safety-net programs for children in crisis, the developmentally disabled, the frail elderly and indigent — as well as those whose lives were upended by opioids and other crises.

Sinclair Community College’s renewal tax levy was approved by a wide margin on Tuesday night, unofficial election results show.

With more than 93 percent of precincts reporting, around 74 percent of people voted in favor of the levy and just over 26 percent voted against it, according to unofficial results from the Montgomery County Board of Elections.

The 10-year, 3.2-mill Montgomery County levy generates around $28 million annually for the college. It costs the owner of a $100,000 home around $98 per year.

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Sinclair Community College.

7. State Issue 1 passes, expands victims’ rights

Ohioans have voted to expand crime victims' rights to more closely match those of the accused.

Approval of Issue 1 Tuesday places the new guarantees into the state constitution. They include notice of court proceedings, input on plea deals and the ability for victims and their families to tell their story.

Dubbed Marsy's Law for Ohio, the measure was championed by California billionaire Henry Nicholas, whose sister was stalked and killed by her ex-boyfriend.

The campaign had spent $16.5 million as of mid-October on its effort, which included an ad featuring "Frazier" actor Kelsey Grammer.

The effort faced no organized opposition. However, the state public defender, the state prosecuting attorneys' association and the ACLU all raised concerns over unintended consequences and urged Ohioans to vote "no."

8. Dayton Commissioners Williams, Mims win re-election

Joey Williams and Jeff Mims Jr. were re-elected to the Dayton City Commission on Tuesday in a race that was never as tight as some thought it would be.

Williams won a fifth term in office as the top vote-getter, garnering about 30.1 percent of the vote, according to unofficial election results from the Montgomery County Board of Elections.

Mims, who will get a second term, comfortably finished in second in the four-way race with 26.6 percent of the vote, besting challengers Darryl Fairchild and Shenise Turner-Sloss, the results show. 

Fairchild received about 22.7 percent of the vote and Turner-Sloss got 20.6 percent.

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The candidates in the Dayton City Commission race attended a candidate forum earlier this week. From left, Darryl Fairchild, Jeff Mims Jr., Shenise Turner-Sloss and Joey Williams. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

9. Washington Twp. Trustee race

Sharon Lowry picked up the open Washington Twp. trustee seat Tuesday, finishing with more than 22 percent of the vote, while Trustee Scott Paulson retained his seat with 19 percent.

 The two topped a crowded field of seven vying for two seats.

Trustee Joyce Young did not run for re-election.

10. Clayton mayor losing re-election

Clayton Mayor Joyce Deitering is trailing Mike Stevens in an extremely tight race, according to unofficial election results.

Stevens has a 38 vote lead over Deitering, according to the Montgomery County Board of Elections. Nine out of 10 precincts are reporting as of 10 p.m. Tuesday.

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