DAYTON, Ohio - Regional officials are urging that Wright-Patterson Air Force Base stay split between two southwest Ohio congressional districts to maintain its clout in Washington.
On Tuesday, the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce and the Dayton Development Coalition sent a letter to Gov. John Kasich and state legislative leaders. The groups expressed concern that redistricting could place the base within just one district. They say that could threaten efforts to protect Wright-Patt and its more than 27,000 workers.
Democratic candidate for Ohio's 7th Congressional District race Sharen Neuhardt is accusing State Senator and Republican opponent, Steve Austria, of plagiarism. Austria wrote a column for the Xenia Gazette on Labor Day.
Neuhardt's campaign became aware of the article after an Ohio political blogger posted the column and did a side by side analysis with a Department of Public Labor factsheet on their website, highlighting very similar passages, some even verbatim.