Election 2018

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine
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For the first time, the Republican candidate for governor is stating clearly that he would keep Medicaid expansion for all 700,000 Ohioans covered under it. Mike DeWine says he’s been supportive all along, but his opponent says that’s not true.

While accepting the endorsement of the Ohio State Medical Association, DeWine said he’d keep Medicaid expansion but that he’d reform it, including adding work requirements and wellness incentive programs.

“Look, there’s no change. What we have said is, all along, is that it had to be reformed,” DeWine said.

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Yellow Springs voters have overwhelmingly rejected a levy that would have funded an $18.5 million new school construction and renovation project in the village.

The 4.5 mil levy and quarter percent income tax increase was rejected by 63 percent of voters. Greene County Board of Elections Director Lynn McCoy says the issue prompted higher than average voter turnout.

Incumbent Beavercreek State Representative Rick Perales won overwhelmingly in Tuesday’s primary for House District 73. Perales won with 81 percent of the vote. Jocelyn Smith took 19 percent.

Perales will face Sugarcreek Twp. Democrat Kim McCarthy in November’s general election, who ran unopposed.  The district covers western Greene County, including Beavercreek, Fairborn and Wright Patterson Air Force Base. Rep. Perales is serving a third term.

 Activists from Common Cause Ohio, the League of Women Voters and other volunteers gather to celebrate news that Issue 1 passed.
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Voters overwhelmingly approved Issue 1, which changes the way the state’s Congressional district map will be drawn in 2021 and beyond setting up new rules on splitting counties and increasing minority party input.

Republican Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, one of the state's best-known politicians, and Democrat Richard Cordray, who headed a federal consumer protection agency in the Obama administration, are headed into their third career match-up this fall after a raucous roller-coaster of a primary season left them damaged as they seek to replace Republican Gov. John Kasich.

November's general election will feature two moderates who fought off challenges from the Republican right and the Democratic left.

Incumbent Republican Congressman Mike Turner swept to victory in his 10th District primary in his quest for a ninth term. Turner faced off against Wright-Patterson Air Force Base employee John Anderson, and United States Air Force veteran John Mitchel.

He’ll face Democrat Theresa Gasper in November’s general election.

Gasper won by a wide margin against her Democratic primary opponents Robert Klepinger and John Milisits.

Turner has served in congress since 2003. 


The number of African American-owned businesses has fallen sharply in Yellow Springs from its peak four decades ago. Only a handful remain in the village.
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Yellow Springs Voters will decide Tuesday whether to fund new school renovations and construction in the village. The levy issue has created significant controversy in the community.

The Yellow Springs School Board is asking voters to approve a 4.7-mill property tax levy and quarter percent income tax increase. The tax hikes would fund an $18.5 million renovation and construction project at Yellow Springs High School and McKinney School. If passed, homeowners with property worth $200,000 would pay an extra $329 in property taxes alone.

Incumbent Montgomery County State Rep. Niraj Antani will face Republican challengers in the upcoming May 8 primary election. Two Democrats are also vying for the two-term Republican State Representative’s District-42 seat.  

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Three-term Greene County Commissioner Alan Anderson is being challenged in his bid for re-election in the upcoming primary election.

Anderson will face current Greene County Treasurer Dick Gould for the Republican nomination. Gould, of Xenia, worked as a police officer, accountant, and realtor before becoming County Treasurer in 2011. Incumbent Anderson, a Xenia attorney, has served on the commission since 2007.

The May 8 primary elections are heating up. Among the competitive races is the election for Montgomery County Commissioner. Both the Democratic and Republican candidates face challengers.


There are two challengers in the Democratic primary for County commissioner - Carolyn Rice, the current Montgomery County Treasurer, and Don Shaffer, a chiropractic physician and former Clayton City Council member.