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The University of Dayton will host the first gubernatorial debate between Democrat Richard Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine.

"The University is honored to be selected to provide a venue for civil discourse about issues facing our state and excited about the opportunity to showcase the University of Dayton statewide," University of Dayton President Eric F. Spina said in a written statement.

Conrad Balliet, host of Conrad’s Corner on WYSO for 25 years, died Saturday.
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Conrad Balliet, host of Conrad’s Corner on WYSO for 25 years, died August 18, 2018. He was 91.

Balliet was an Army veteran who fell in love with poetry while stationed in Germany.  He went on to teach poetry as an English professor at Wittenberg University for 30 years, and was known as a scholar of William Butler Yeats’ life and poetry.

After his retirement from Wittenberg, Balliet began hosting Conrad’s Corner, sharing his love of poetry with WYSO listeners.

The Montgomery County commission Tuesday voted unanimously to approve a sales tax increase.

The quarter-percent rise was proposed earlier this year as part of a plan to address the county's previously forecast 2019 $9 million budget gap.

Boosting the sales tax is expected to generate an estimated $19.1 million in revenues, Cathy Petersen, the county's communications director, says.

It’s set to take effect in October.

Remembering John McChesney

Jun 12, 2018
Jo Ann Wallace and John McChesney at the WYSO studio in the 1970s
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John E. McChesney (1940-2018) was News Director for WYSO in the 1970s. John taught literature at Antioch College (1968-74). He was a member of the Antioch Radical Studies Institute.

Incumbents GOP Montgomery County State Rep. Niraj Antani and Democratic House Minority Leader Fred Strahorn sailed to reelection in the May 8 Ohio primary.

In the Ohio House District 42 race, Antani beat Republican challengers Sarah Clark and Marcus Rech, winning ​63 percent of Republican ballots cast.

Antani goes on to face Democrat Zach Dickerson in the November general election.

Dickerson took 56 percent of the Democratic ballots against challenger Wright State University student Autumn Kern.

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Darryl Fairchild won a Dayton City Commission seat in Tuesday’s May 8 primary over opponent Daryl Ward. Fairchild has run for city commission before. He’ll fill the open seat left by former city commissioner Joey Williams, who stepped down in February.

Fairchild’s victory was too close to call for much of the night. He won with around 52 percent of the vote, with Ward claiming 48 percent of more than 12,000 ballots cast.

Minister Fairchild manages the chaplaincy at Dayton Children’s Hospital.

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In Tuesday's Democratic primary for Montgomery County Commissioner, current Montgomery County treasurer Carolyn Rice beat challenger Don Shaffer by a wide margin, with Rice capturing 89 percent of the vote. She’ll go on to face local businessman and Republican Doug Barry in the November general election.

Capturing 41 percent of Republican ballots, Barry narrowly edged out challengers former Dayton Mayor Gary Leitzell and Bob Matthews.

Democrats have held the majority on the Montgomery County Commission for more than a decade.

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Greene County Republican Treasurer Dick Gould will face Democratic Beavercreek native Susan Lopez in the race for a seat on the Greene County Commission in November’s general election.

Both Gould and Lopez won by wide margins in Tuesday's Ohio primary, with Gould beating three-term Republican Greene County Commissioner Alan Anderson 62 percent to 38 percent. Lopez bested Yellow Springs physician Steve Bujenovic 79 percent to 21 percent.

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. 

 

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