RICHMOND: There were a couple of issues specific to the city of Richmond when voters took to the polls yesterday. One was the public question of whether or not Richmond Power and Light should withdraw from the jurisdiction of the IURC. It was extremely close. More than 6200 votes were cast and the issue passed by just 37 votes. The other issue was the race for Richmond Community School Board. Ten candidates were vying for two at-large seats. The two that came out on top were Pete Zaleski and Stacy Mopps. Mopps was clear of third-place finisher Beth Lipps by more than 900 votes.
WAYNE COUNTY: Many of the races that appeared on the Wayne County ballot were unopposed, but here’s a look at how the contested issues came out. For Northeastern School Board, Kim Claypoole won by garnering 104 more votes than Cindy Robertson. For Centerville School Board, Brad Lambright defeated Tiffany Torbeck 58-42%. And, for Western Wayne Schools, Phil Pflum beat Amber Rushton 56-44%. For Wayne Township Trustee, Susan Isaacs defeated Cassandra Brown 61-39%.
PREBLE: The ballot in Preble County was dominated by tax levies. Levies in Eaton, Gratis, and Lewisburg all passed. One of the levies for Camden, though, failed. Across Ohio, Governor Mike DeWine easily won re-election over Democratic challenger Nan Whaley. One of the more interesting issues on the Ohio ballot yesterday was whether or not someone should actually have to be a U.S. citizen to vote in a U.S. election. That issue passed by a 77-23% margin.
UNION: Here are results from Union County. In the race for sheriff, Jeff Adams defeated Jeff Franklin 57-43%. For the lone contested seat on county council, Republican Tyler Clavell defeated Democrat Jim Hensley 58-42%. Union County had a 51% voter turnout.
FAYETTE: Republicans came out on top in virtually every race in Fayette County. That includes the race for sheriff. Voters favored Zach Jones over Craig Pennington by more than a 2-1 margin. Robert Stewart, Tim Patterson, and Sharon Crandill all cruised to victories for county council. School board winners were Chris Hunt, Ryan Baker, and Ann Kirschner.
INDIANA: Here’s a look at some state-level election results in Indiana. For State Senate District 27, Richmond’s Jeff Raatz cruised to a 71-29% win over Ronald Intyre. For State Representative District 56, Richmond’s Dr. Brad Barrett also had an easy victory, beating Yvonne Washington by a 70-30% margin. U.S. Senator Todd Young won reelection. Indiana Republicans won 8 of 10 U.S. House Seats. That includes Greg Pence by a 2-1 margin.