Election 2016

Campaign signs in Greene County
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On Tuesday, November 8th, Ohio voters will elect a slew of statewide offices and decide on many local issues.  The two biggest races are the presidential contest between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton and Ohio’s U.S. Senate race between incumbent Rob Portman and former Ohio governor Ted Strickland. 

In the Miami Valley, there are numerous Ohio House races, and two Ohio Senate seats up for election as well as two seats on both Montgomery and Clark County Commissions.  

The long list of local issues on Miami Valley ballots include a tax increase in Dayton for Pre-K education and a temporary tax increase in Springfield for public safety and infrastructure.  Many school districts have levy renewals and a few are asking for increased funds.

WYSO’s election night coverage will include a live, call-in special from OnPoint at 7pm, and live coverage from NPR News from 8 p.m. to midnight, which is expected to focus on the and Presidential and U.S. Senate race. Our local and state coverage will include conversations with Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler about the U.S. Senate Race and Wright State University Political Science professor Lee Hannah.  

We’ll be updating results online Nov. 8 and 9, but most county, school district and local town or village issues will not be posted individually. Look for local results in your county on these websites:

The Ohio Secretary of State’s office posts statewide unofficial election results as they become available here: https://vote.ohio.gov/Home.aspx
 

Ed Davis

Wright Memorial Public Library is inviting local residents to share their thoughts and reactions to the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election in an oral history project in the next week. To get the details, WYSO's Jerry Kenney spoke with the Wright Library's Robyn Case, who’s leading the project.

 

Ohio’s newly re-elected Sen. Rob Portman will return to Capitol Hill with a Republican-controlled Congress and White House.

But Portman says he’s still ready to enforce checks and balances with President-Elect Donald Trump.

Portman says he doesn’t have the concerns about a Trump presidency that he had when he decided not to vote for the Republican nominee. However, Portman did say he’s prepared to keep the executive office in check if he ever thinks the president-elect goes too far.

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Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s loss to Republican President elect Donald Trump wasn’t the only blistering defeat for Ohio’s Democratic Party. The state Legislature, which was already Republican dominated, became even redder and it's left the leader of the Ohio Democratic Party evaluating the losses and where the party goes from here.

Clinton’s loss was devastating, according to Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper who said, “What we saw was a tidal wave that was far bigger than Ohio.”

Dayton voters said yes to Issue 9 and voted to increase taxes on city residents to 2.5 percent.  The levy will raise funds to cover a $5 million budget shortfall and provide funding for universal pre-K education and street maintenance.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley was pleased with the voters' decision and told WYSO News that the new funds were the focus of this morning’s city budget meeting.

Election 2016: Your Voice

Nov 9, 2016

To get a sense of how people across the Miami Valley are reacting to the results of last night's presidential election, WYSO News talked to voters in Greene and Montgomery Counties. Here's some of what they had to say. 

Deborah Burchett won by about five thousand votes, ousting long time incumbent Gene Kelly. The democratic Kelly had been in office since 1987, but he's faced trouble in recent years including eighty grievances filed by deputies.

When she takes office, former sheriff's deputy Burchett will assume control of the Clark County Jail, the Emergency Dispatch Center and oversee a nearly 15 million dollar annual budget, the largest general operating budget in the county. 

Springfield residents could see cuts to police, fire, parks and recreation services after voters narrowly rejected ballot measure Issue 2. The levy would have generated about $6.5 million a year for the city, and increase income tax rates from 2 to 2.4 percent for five years. But the results were close. The levy failed by just 55 votes. And all provisional and absentee votes have yet to be counted.

 

City officials have said that if the levy failed to pass, they’d be forced to close a fire station and reduce funding to the parks and recreation department.

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Miami Valley voters choose incumbents for the Ohio Legislature.

Two Ohio State Senators, Peggy Lehner and Robert Hackett, will keep their seat.

In the Ohio House, Bill Dean will serve as the state representative for the 74th district. Dean joins Rick Perales who will continue as state rep for the 73rd district, Jim Butler from the 41st district, and Niraj Antani representing the 42nd.

Voters in Dayton said yes to Issue 9 - raising the city’s earned income tax by one-fourth percent for the next eight years. The revenue from this ballot issue will fund a variety of improvements in the city including access to affordable preschool for all four year olds.

In Centerville, voters approved .5% levy increase for streets and police. Butler and Harrison Townships approved their police levies.

Jackson Township’s Issue 50 for current expenses and German Township’s Issue 45 for streets, roads and bridges were rejected by voters.

Oakwood, West Carrollton Pass School Levies

Nov 8, 2016
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Voters have said yes to school levies in two Montgomery County cities.

West Carrollton residents passed Issue 55 and voted to give their schools district new funding for the first time in 9 years.  The levy originally failed in March, but residents reversed course and voted to pass the issue.

In Oakwood, residents passed Issue 44, an additional levy to help with school operating expenses.  The levy provides 5.75 mill to the local Oakwood schools.  And is the fifth time since 2004, Oakwood residents have voted on school tax levies.

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