Election 2014

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Republicans have picked an Air Force veteran to be the next leader of the Ohio House.
 
State Rep. Cliff Rosenberger, of Clarksville in southwest Ohio, is slated to replace term-limited House Speaker William Batchelder in January.
 
The GOP caucus elected its leadership team for the next General Assembly Wednesday.
 
House Finance chairman Ron Amstutz (AHM'-stuts) will be speaker pro tempore, the No. 2 ranking Republican. Other leaders will include Barbara Sears, Jim Buchy (BEE'-kee), Mike Dovilla and Dorothy Pelanda.
 

Huber Heights has seen tax revenues decline since the Recession.
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Huber Heights residents have approved an income tax increase to be used to support police, fire and public safety. That’s among several city tax increases that passed in the Miami Valley.

Huber Heights was looking at a $2.3 million shortfall for the year, and officials say they have been using a combination of small cuts and its reserves to actually run the city and its services. But City Manager Rob Schommer says that fund was about to go dry.

Republican Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judith French has held onto her seat in one of the year's toughest races.

The former Tenth District Court of Appeals judge turned back a challenge from Democrat John P. O'Donnell, a Cuyahoga County Common Pleas judge. O'Donnell drew late criticism for breaking a clean campaign pledge with a negative TV ad.

French was appointed to the seven-member high court in 2012 by Republican Gov. John Kasich. She acknowledged she was concerned O'Donnell's Irish surname would play better with voters than the name French.

Chris Redfern, the chair of Ohio's Democratic Party, lost his seat in the Ohio House of Representatives Tuesday and announced his resignation as party chair.
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Republicans how have a record number elected seats in the Ohio House, winning at least 65 districts. The GOP has held 60 seats in the current General Assembly. Since a constitutional amendment established the 99-member House in 1967, the most seats the party had won was 64.

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Montgomery County residents will see some familiar faces in office after the Nov. 4 election.

Democrat Dan Foley will hold his seat as Montgomery County Commissioner. The three-way race pitted him against Republican Mike Nolan and former Dayton Mayor Gary Leitzell. Foley squeaked out a victory over Nolan by capturing only 1,800 more votes. Leitzell came in a distant third. This win means Foley’s third term on the commission.

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At 7:15 a.m. Wednesday, we have unofficial returns from all statewide and most local races we are covering on WYSO. 

Governor John Kasich won re-election over Democrat Ed Fitzgerald, bringing a whole ticket of Republican statewide offices with him. Mike DeWine will have another term as Attorney General, David Yost won a second term as state auditor, and John Husted won his bid for re-election as secretary of state.

Several Clark County races appeared to be competitive heading into Election Day, but with 100 percent of precincts reporting, unofficial voting totals revealed that GOP candidates were victorious in all of the contests.

The race for Clark County commissioner between incumbent Republican Rick Lohnes, who is one of two GOP members on the three person commission, defeated Democrat David Herier. Lohnes captured 60 percent of the vote.

Republicans held strong in Tuesday’s election. Governor John Kasich defeated Cleveland Democrat Ed FitzGerald

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine will keep his office for a second term after winning against Cincinnati lawyer David Pepper, who  ran an extremely aggressive campaign against DeWine.

And Republican Jon Husted remains as Ohio’s secretary of state - Democratic state Sen. Nina Turner losing after a spirited campaign.

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Ohio's congressional delegation will remain the same.  All 16 incumbents have won re-election in Tuesday's midterm elections. That keeps the delegation at 12 Republicans and four Democrats.

The sweep was expected, with most incumbents holding safe seats after U.S. House districts were redrawn because of population changes in the 2010 U.S. Census.

In partial, unofficial returns, nearly all the incumbents had more than 60 percent of the vote.

A cornfield behind Antioch University Midwest on Dayton could become a business park called the CBE.
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The Greene County Public Library was one of several dozen Ohio library systems asking voters for money. The library was asking for a 9/10-mill increase and renewal of its previous five-year levy. With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, unofficial results show the levy passing with 58 percent of the voters approving the measure.

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