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Fairfield City Council race outcome could soon change

Fairfield City Council race outcome could soon change

The outcome of a too-close-to-call Fairfield City Council race will be known Monday, when dozens of provisional and late-arriving absentee ballots are counted and tallied with unofficial Election Day totals. Three of the five people seeking three at-large city council seats in the Nov. 7 general election will be waiting to know if they won or loss as former mayor Ron D’Epifanio’s position...
Voter turnout in Butler County below projections

Voter turnout in Butler County below projections

Voter turnout last Tuesday in Butler County was below projections. Overall, voter turnout in Butler County was 24.9 percent, according to unofficial results, which is lower than the 30 percent turnout Butler County elections officials projected prior to Tuesday. RELATED: Senate tax plan would eliminate deduction used by 26 percent of Ohioans The best voter turnout in Butler County on Tuesday, were...
Career Center plans five-year expansion after levy narrowly passes

Career Center plans five-year expansion after levy narrowly passes

The Miami Valley Career Technology Center is about to embark on a huge, five-year campus makeover after voters narrowly approved a bond issue/tax levy Tuesday. The margin was 50.8 percent in favor to 49.2 against, according to final, unofficial results. Superintendent Nick Weldy said the project will allow MVCTC to improve training equipment and safety for students, while increasing capacity so the...
Whaley wants to offer free community college if she’s elected Ohio governor

Whaley wants to offer free community college if she’s elected Ohio governor

Dayton Mayor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nan Whaley today announced a plan to provide free community college to Ohioans. Whaley’s “Ohio Promise” would cost between $50 million and $60 million and would be paid for by issuing state bonds, according to Whaley’s campaign. The revenue from the bonds would be put into a trust that would be self-sustaining. The program...
Local lawmaker says state supreme court justice violating conduct code

Local lawmaker says state supreme court justice violating conduct code

State Rep. Niraj Antani wants to haul Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill before a joint session of the General Assembly to answer charges that he’s violating the judicial code of conduct. Antani, a Miamisburg Republican, said that conduct rules prohibit a sitting judge from running for a partisan, non-judicial office. The resolution he filed Thursday begins the process of removing...
Election campaign signs can be recycled for free this month

Election campaign signs can be recycled for free this month

This year’s election campaign signs be disposed of through a free recycling program. Signs — including frames — can be dropped off at the Montgomery County Solid Waste Transfer and Recycling Facility, 1001 Encrete Lane in Moraine. RELATED: Turn old tires into cash The program will run through Nov. 30. Normal hours for the site are Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturdays...

4 newcomers to change face of Dayton school board

The four newcomers elected Tuesday to Dayton’s school board will face “an incredible learning curve,” according to one current member. Three of the four “slate” candidates who worked together and were endorsed by Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley — top vote-getter William Harris, plus Mohamed Al-Hamdani and Karen Wick-Gagnet — won seats, according to unofficial final...
2-vote margin: Waynesville anxiously awaits decision on $26M bond issue

2-vote margin: Waynesville anxiously awaits decision on $26M bond issue

A plan in Waynesville to build a new elementary school and preserve part of an old school in a community center hinges on passage of a 4.68 mill, 37-year bond issue on Tuesday’s ballots. But with some ballots yet to be counted, unofficial totals on Tuesday left the issue undecided, showing only a two-vote margin of victory — a single vote in each of the Warren and Greene county portions...
Ousted Middletown council member plans another run for office

Ousted Middletown council member plans another run for office

Despite her loss Tuesday to retain a seat on Middletown City Council, Vice Mayor Dora Bronston said she plans to run again in two years, possibly for mayor. Newcomer Ami Vitori was the leading vote-getter Tuesday for one of two open seats on Middletown City Council. Vitori received 33.8 percent of the vote in Butler County for a four-year term and just under 33.5 percent of the vote in Warren County...
Kettering mayor wins a final term, seeks ‘bigger and better’ for city

Kettering mayor wins a final term, seeks ‘bigger and better’ for city

Kettering Mayor Don Patterson won a final term decisively in Tuesday’s election and plans to spend the next four years finishing some major city projects, such as redevelopment of the Wilmington Pike corridor and bringing new businesses to Miami Valley Research Park. Patterson received 76.6 percent of the vote, according to final, unofficial results from the Montgomery County Board of Elections...
Outcome of Fairfield City Council race may change

Outcome of Fairfield City Council race may change

The top three vote-getters in Fairfield’s at-large city council race will earn a seat on the dais, but who two of those people could be is yet unknown. That’s because 57 votes separate second and fourth place, and there are 65 provisional ballots that were cast by Fairfield voters that still need to be counted. And that does not include the 55 outstanding Fairfield absentee votes that...
‘Soul searching’ in Huber Heights after major victories

‘Soul searching’ in Huber Heights after major victories

Huber Heights voters returned two “old council” incumbents to City Hall and elected a mayor who vows to end the city’s spate of negative headlines, prompting a soul searching among the “Team Huber” bloc that picked off seats in recent years. Jeffrey Gore — endorsed by council incumbents and candidates Mark Campbell and Nancy Byrge — decisively beat David Wilson...
Will new West Chester trustees play well together?

Will new West Chester trustees play well together?

For several years, many votes on the West Chester Twp. trustee board have come down 2 to 1, with a new trustee in Ann Becker will that change? Maybe, maybe not. Trustee Lee Wong, the top vote-getter Tuesday night, has been the odd man out on any number of issues, including hot button topics like Right to Work and transforming the former West Chester Twp. nursing home into a rehab center. Trustee Mark...
How 2 first-time candidates won election from Miami Twp. trustees

How 2 first-time candidates won election from Miami Twp. trustees

The Miami Twp. trustee candidate who got the most votes in his first time on the ballot in a race that unseated two incumbents said a shift in priorities is needed. »2017 Election: 7 squeakers in Tuesday’s election that prove your vote counts in close races John Morris said his campaign theme of emphasizing spending on basic services broke through as more than 4,000 township voters backed...
Re-elected Dayton leaders after easy win: ‘We’ve got momentum’

Re-elected Dayton leaders after easy win: ‘We’ve got momentum’

Two incumbent Dayton commissioners easily won re-election against two challengers Tuesday, prompting the winners to say voters think the city is headed in the right direction. Joey Williams, who was the top vote-getter, and Jeff Mims Jr. defeated challengers Darryl Fairchild and Shenise Turner-Sloss. Mims and Williams said they feel voters recognized the city’s resurgence under their leadership...
Scoby, Roeder elected as Springfield Twp. trustees

Scoby, Roeder elected as Springfield Twp. trustees

Incumbent Jim Scoby and challenger John Roeder were elected as Springfield Twp. trustees Tuesday, according to final, unofficial election results. Scoby finished with 36 percent of the vote, while Roeder finished with 34 percent. Incumbent Dean Wells wasn’t re-elected after serving eight years as trustee, finishing with about 30 percent of the vote. MORE: New Carlisle income tax change fails...
Sinclair’s overwhelming voter approval ‘a great birthday present’

Sinclair’s overwhelming voter approval ‘a great birthday present’

Sinclair Community College leaders won’t have to have to hit the campaign trail for the next several years as the school’s 10-year levy renewal easily passed Tuesday. Around 74 percent of people voted in favor of the levy and just more than 26 percent voted against it, according to unofficial results from the Montgomery County Board of Elections. » RELATED: 7 squeakers in Tuesday&rsquo...
Springboro schools nail levy win with substitute issue

Springboro schools nail levy win with substitute issue

School district voters approved a substitute levy on the first try on Tuesday and elected three board members expected to carry forward with business as usual in the district. The continuing substitute 7.4-mill levy is projected to raise more than $7.9 million for school district expenses. It will replace an emergency levy expiring next year. After running behind all night, the final election night...
Human Services levy’s big win shows ‘a willingness to help others’

Human Services levy’s big win shows ‘a willingness to help others’

The Montgomery County Human Services Levy easily passed Tuesday, supported by about three of every four county voters. The eight-year renewal levy will help fund safety-net programs for children in crisis, the developmentally disabled, the frail elderly and indigent — as well as those struggling with opioid addiction. MORE: Montgomery County OD crisis: ‘We are nowhere near achieving our...
Issue 1 approved: Crime victims ‘going to find justice in court’

Issue 1 approved: Crime victims ‘going to find justice in court’

The sweeping victory of State Issue 1 on Tuesday is a triumph long in the making, according to David Voth, executive director of Crime Victim Services in Lima. Twenty-three years ago, Ohio voted to embed crime victim notification rules into the state constitution, and then in 1996 the state adopted a crime victim bill of rights, he said. “This is the third piece now that will cap off and solidify...
Voter turnout low in Clark, Champaign counties

Voter turnout low in Clark, Champaign counties

Voter turnout was low in Clark County on Tuesday as voters made their way to the polls to decide on the Springfield commission race, a Northeastern school bond issue and a New Carlisle income tax question. The Clark County Board of Elections reported only 30 percent of registered voters came out. Board of election leaders predicted the voter turnout would be closer to 50 percent. MORE: Find out who...
3 members of same Middletown family to serve in public office

3 members of same Middletown family to serve in public office

After Tuesday’s election, Middletown Mayor Larry Mulligan will be joined in public office by his mother and brother. Cathie Mulligan won a seat on the Middletown City Schools Board of Education, and Joe Mulligan won a seat on the Middletown City Council. MORE: Newcomer, former councilman win seats on Middletown City Council MORE: Challenger joins incumbent in winning Middletown school board...
Talawanda voters return incumbent and put newcomer on school board

Talawanda voters return incumbent and put newcomer on school board

Voters in the Talawanda school district elected a newcomer and an incumbent to its governing school board Tuesday. First-time school board candidate Patrick Meade was the top vote-earner with 32 percent of the electorate, followed by incumbent Mary Jane Roberts with 25 percent, according to unofficial results from the Butler County Board of Elections. MORE: State approves funding for Talawanda&rsquo...
Nearly 90 percent of voters OK Reily Twp. fire, EMS levy

Nearly 90 percent of voters OK Reily Twp. fire, EMS levy

An overwhelming majority of Reily Twp.’s voters — 89.99 percent — approved the 2.75-mill fire and EMS fire levy request on Tuesday. The overwhelming support for the fire and EMS levy means the township will be able to keep its current maintenance for the next five years, which it is anticipated the township will go back to the voters. RELATED: Community supports family hit twice...
Madison voters put incumbent and newcomer on school board

Madison voters put incumbent and newcomer on school board

Voters in Madison Schools returned an incumbent and placed a newcomer on the district’s governing board Tuesday. Current board member Paul Jennewine and first-time school board candidate William Chad Norvell won the two open seats on the governing board of the rural Butler County school system. MORE: 3 questions for Madison school board candidates Jennewine tallied 46 percent of the vote and...
Clark County voters approve road, safety levies

Clark County voters approve road, safety levies

Residents approved a handful of new tax levies Tuesday in several Clark County townships, providing additional revenue for roads, firefighters and law enforcement. The levies will allow Enon to hire an additional full-time officer for the village and Mad River Twp. to cover the cost for a full-time Clark County deputy to patrol the township. In South Charleston, voters approved additional money to...
New Carlisle city council race could go to a recount

New Carlisle city council race could go to a recount

Three New Carlisle residents were elected to the city council Tuesday but votes might have to be recounted later this month. Incumbent Aaron Leighty and challengers William Cook and Chris Shamy will fill three open seats on the New Carlisle City Council beginning in January, according to final, unofficial election results. MORE: Rue, Chilton, Estrop elected to Springfield city commission Leighty had...
New candidate elected to Springfield City school board, incumbent out

New candidate elected to Springfield City school board, incumbent out

Political newcomer Carol Dunlap was the leading vote-getting Tuesday and won a seat on the Springfield City School District board of education. Dunlap finished with 39 percent of the vote, according to final, unofficial results from the Clark County Board of Elections. READ: 5 things to know about Springfield City Schools Incumbent Anita Biles took the second seat on the board with 32 percent of the...
Incumbents re-elected to Franklin school board; 1 has possible recount

Incumbents re-elected to Franklin school board; 1 has possible recount

Two of the three incumbents for Franklin school board lead the four-candidate field on election night, but one seat may face a possible recount due to a close margin. Incumbent board members Rachel Ruppert-Wolfinbarger and Chris Sizemore were re-elected with comfortable margins. According to final, unofficial results from the Warren County Board of Elections, Ruppert-Wolfinbarer was the leading vote-getter...
Franklin Twp. loses another fire levy

Franklin Twp. loses another fire levy

Voters in Franklin Twp. rejected another fire levy Tuesday. According to final, unofficial results from the Warren County Board of Elections, the additional, continuing 4.31-mill fire levy was defeated by a vote of 61.6 percent against to 38.4 percent for the levy. Had the levy passed, it would have cost the owner of a home with $100,000 valuation about $150 a year. The additional revenues would have...
St. Clair Twp. voters approve fire, EMS levy

St. Clair Twp. voters approve fire, EMS levy

Early results in St. Clair Twp. show a fire levy renewal passing by greater than a 2-to-1 margin, according to unofficial Butler County election results. Voters said “yes” to approving the five-year, 0.5-mill fire levy renewal request with 69.77 percent of the vote. RELATED: St. Clair Twp. Fire Department to receive $31K in federal funds The levy will not add new taxes. The owner of a...
Oxford Twp. voters return 2 incumbents to office

Oxford Twp. voters return 2 incumbents to office

Oxford Twp. voters returned trustees Norma Pennock and Gary R. Salmon to office. The two incumbents received 35.6 percent and 29.3 percent of the vote, respectively, according to unofficial results from the Butler County Board of Elections. Behind them were the two challengers — Peter McCarthy with 20.9 percent of the vote; and Matthew D. Franke with 14.2 percent of the vote. Pennock and Salmon...
Monroe tax for safety services, more passes

Monroe tax for safety services, more passes

Monroe’s proposed 0.50-percent income/earnings tax was approved Tuesday with a 60.7 percent to 39.3 percent edge, according to unofficial, final results from the Butler County Board of Elections. Under the proposal, property owners living inside city limits would receive a 0.50-percent tax credit. MORE: 3 things to know about Monroe income tax levy “I think it’s a good thing, because...
West Carrollton challenger wins school board race by 72 votes

West Carrollton challenger wins school board race by 72 votes

A challenger appears to have unseated an incumbent in the race for an unexpired term for a seat on the West Carrollton school board. Joe Cox bested Deborah Bobbitt 51.17 percent to 48.83 percent with 100 percent of precincts reporting, according to the unofficial results from the Montgomery County Board of Elections. GET COMPLETE ELECTION RESULTS HERE The difference for Cox was 72 votes, according...
Newcomers Centers, Jennings win Franklin Twp. trustee seats

Newcomers Centers, Jennings win Franklin Twp. trustee seats

Newcomers Shane Centers and Matt Jennings have been elected as Franklin Twp. trustees in their first run for office. According to unofficial final results from the Warren County Board of Elections, Centers was the leading vote-getter receiving 31.4 percent of the vote. Jennings was the second-highest vote-getter receiving nearly 26.6 percent of the vote. Other newcomers included Tony Workman receiving...
Ross Twp. challenger wins trustee spot

Ross Twp. challenger wins trustee spot

Of the two Ross Twp. trustees seeking to be returned to the board, only one won Tuesday. Incumbent Tom Willsey was re-elected Tuesday to the board and will serve alongside political newcomer Keith Ballauer, according to unofficial Butler County Board of Election results. RELATED: Ross Twp. police chief has cheated death twice Tom Willsey received 35.57 percent of the vote while Ballauer received 34...
Two of three incumbents re-elected in Franklin city council race

Two of three incumbents re-elected in Franklin city council race

Former Franklin councilman Matt Wilcher was elected back to council after losing his seat two years ago. On Tuesday, Wilcher joined incumbent Mayor Denny Centers and Councilman Michael Aldridge in winning four-year terms on council. Incumbent Vice Mayor Carl Bray lost his re-election bid in the four-way race for three open seats. According to the final, unofficial results from the Warren County Board...
Newcomer Amy Webb joins veteran Edward Bosse Jr. on Ross school board

Newcomer Amy Webb joins veteran Edward Bosse Jr. on Ross school board

One of Butler County’s highest performing school systems will see a new face on its governing board, along with one of the longest tenured. The Ross Board of Education had two open seats with four candidates vying for a seat on the five-member board. Voters returned 36-year veteran Edward Bosse Jr. back for another four-year term, along with newcomer Amy Webb, according to unofficial results...
Newcomer David Prytherch leads vote totals in Oxford city council race

Newcomer David Prytherch leads vote totals in Oxford city council race

Newcomers David Prytherch and Chantel Raghu and council members Edna Carter Southard and Michael Smith will be members of the next Oxford City Council, after a nine-person race to fill four seats. MORE: Oxford council candidates talk transportation, tourism Prytherch collected 20.2 percent of the vote, followed by Southard with 17.5 percent; Raghu with 15.82 percent, and Smith with 15.80 percent,...
A new member joins incumbent in winning Middletown school board seats

A new member joins incumbent in winning Middletown school board seats

The changes continue for Middletown City Schools as voters put a new member on the governing board that oversees one of the region’s most transformative school systems. Voters chose newcomer Cathie Mulligan for one of the two open seats on the Middletown school board and returned incumbent Todd Moore for another four-year term. MORE: 3 questions with Middletown school board candidates Mulligan...
Incumbent trustees retain seats on Fairfield Twp. board

Incumbent trustees retain seats on Fairfield Twp. board

Voters on Tuesday decided to retain Susan Berding and Shannon Hartkemeyer as Fairfield Twp. trustees. The two incumbents were elected back to the board over political newcomers Ben Bultman and Pete Bohrofen. MORE: Fairfield Twp. trustee candidates on new business, medical pot ban Berding and Hartkemeyer received 29.62 percent and 28.05 percent of the vote, respectively, according to unofficial results...
New Carlisle income tax change fails

New Carlisle income tax change fails

New Carlisle voters rejected a proposed ballot measure Tuesday that would have required a major change to the city’s income tax collections and could have resulted in the lost of nearly $1 million to its budget. The issue would have required the city to give a 100 percent income tax credit to New Carlisle residents who work in another city. New Carlisle taxes all residents at 1.5 percent, regardless...
Newcomer, former councilman win seats on Middletown City Council

Newcomer, former councilman win seats on Middletown City Council

Newcomer Ami Vitori was the leading vote-getter for one of two open seats on Middletown City Council. Vitori received 33.8 percent of the vote in Butler County for a four-year term and just under 33.5 percent of the vote in Warren County, according to unofficial results. MORE: Middletown’s image: Here’s what 5 council candidates had to say Former councilman Joe Mulligan was elected to...
2 incumbents re-elected in Liberty Twp.

2 incumbents re-elected in Liberty Twp.

Incumbents Tom Farrell and Christine Matacic have been re-elected to Liberty Twp.’s board of trustees, according to unofficial results from the Butler County Board of Elections. Farrell received 31 percent of the vote, Matacic received 29 percent, according to the Board of Elections, and challengers Mike Dailey and Elizabeth Maurer received 28 percent and 12 percent, respectively. RELATED: ...
Incumbents Welch, Wong win re-election as West Chester trustees

Incumbents Welch, Wong win re-election as West Chester trustees

Incumbents Mark Welch and Lee Wong have kept their seats on the West Chester Twp. board of trustees. Wong was the top vote-getter, receiving 32 percent of the vote, and Welch received 31 percent of the vote, according to unofficial from the Butler County Board of Elections. RELATED: Three questions with West Chester Twp. trustee candidates “It was quite a turbulent race, but I’m very pleased...
Northeastern bond issue for $117M new schools rejected

Northeastern bond issue for $117M new schools rejected

Northeastern Local Schools voters rejected Tuesday a school bond issue that would have built $117 million new schools in the community. About 52 percent of voters cast ballots against the bond issue while 47 percent voted for it, according to final, unofficial Clark County Board of Elections results. About 85 percent of voters in Champaign County in the Northeastern school district voted no, according...
Pat Moeller elected to third term as Hamilton mayor

Pat Moeller elected to third term as Hamilton mayor

Pat Moeller was elected Tuesday to a third term as Hamilton mayor. In a contest against challenger Ramon Batista, a local businessman, Moeller received 89.5 percent of the vote to Batista’s 10.5 percent, according to unofficial results from the Butler County Board of Elections. MORE: Hamilton City Council’s top vote-getter is newcomer Michael Ryan Batista challenged Moeller, arguing Hamilton...
Liberty Twp. fire levy passes

Liberty Twp. fire levy passes

Voters in Liberty Twp. — one of the fastest growing places in the region — approved a new fire levy Tuesday.. The final unofficial results on the 3.5-mill additional levy were 57 percent for to 43 percent against, according to the Butler County Board of Elections. Both incumbent trustees who won re-election Tuesday — Tom Farrell and Christine Matacic — said the voters understood...
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