DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The May Primary Election is in the books and Ohioans had their say.
Many key races turned out the way most people expected.
Cleveland Democrat Edward Fitzgerald’s win sets up the race for Ohio governor against incumbent John Kasich. His running mate is Daytonian Sharen Neuhardt.
Fitzgerald handily defeated Dayton native Larry Ealy and his running mate Ken Gray.
U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner was successful in Ohio’s 8th Congressional District.
He easily beat J.D. Winteregg and businessman Eric Gurr in the GOP Primary.
Also victorious Tuesday night was Incumbent Mike Turner in the 10th Congressional District. The Republican representative defeated John D. Anderson. Turner was first elected to Congress in 2003.
Another hot button issue every Election Day is funding schools.
Several districts in the Miami Valley are asking voters to renew their commitment to their district. It is looking good this time around. Many voters were generous with their ‘yes’ votes.
One key levy was in the Tecumseh Local School District in Clark County.
After 11 failed levy attempts for new money, the district changed tactics and asked voters to pass two renewals.
Both renewals passed by convincing margins.
Also in Clark County, Greenon Local Schools was in a tight race to pass an additional levy. It failed by a mere 50 votes 1,701 were for the levy, but 1,760 were against it.
Clark Shawnee Local Schools also passed its levy by 92 votes.
Voters said yes to a levy in the Sidney City School District by more than 1,300 votes.
And, in Franklin, voters said yes to a 7.92 mill additional levy by a handy margin.
So, what will some communities be talking about Wednesday.
In Beavercreek, it’s how many police officers will be keeping residents safe. Voters were asked to pass a renewal and increase of funds. It passed, but narrowly. The final tally was 4,040 for the levy, 4,011 against it. A levy failure would have meant layoffs of some of the department’s 47 officers.
The City of Dayton wants to make a half percent income tax permanent. It passed 6,493 to 2,889.
And, in Moraine, the city asked for a temporary income tax of a half percent added to the two percent it already collects. It too was passing.
Overall, The Montgomery County Board of Elections predicts a low turnout. It is hoping for 15 percent. That is nearly double the statewide estimate of 8 percent.