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May primary results: 4 school levies fail; Dayton city commission incumbents, 2 challengers win

Jo Ingles
Statehouse News Bureau

The polls for the May 2023 Primary are closed and now election officials are busy tallying vote results.

One race being closely watched is in Montgomery County — the Dayton City Commission primary race. Two incumbents are facing four challengers. The four candidates who capture the most votes will move on to the General Election in November.

Incumbents Matt Joseph and Chris Shaw will advance to the November General Election, along with challengers Valerie Duncan and Marcus Bedinger, according to final, unofficial results.

Joseph captured the most votes, 3,112; Shaw received 2,758; Duncan grabbed 1,336; and Marcus Bedinger 1,173.

Coming in the last two spots were Jordan Wortham and David Esrati. They've been eliminated from the race.

In Montgomery County, four new school levies failed — Huber Heights, Northmont, Mad River and Vandalia schools — according to final, unofficial results.

In the city of Huber Heights, voters rejected a continuation of an existing quarter- percent income tax.


  • A renewal levy for Xenia Community Schools that failed in the fall passed Tuesday with 57% of the vote, according to final, unofficial results. The renewal of a half-percent income tax levy will raise $5 million for the district over the next seven years.
  • And an additional 3.5 mill levy for Xenia Fire operations passed by just 36 votes as of Tuesday night.
  • A 5.25-mill substitute levy for Beavercreek City Schools passed with 57% of voters approving the measure. The five-year funding stream will provide $11.4 million for the district annually. This levy replaces a previously approved levy that expires at the end of the calendar year.
  • Beavercreek voters also said yes to a 1.8-mill property tax levy allowing for the hiring of five new police officers, and the maintenance and purchase of law enforcement equipment.
  • Sugarcreek Township’s ask for an additional police funding levy was passed by 58% of voters.
  • Fairborn City School District's 1.7 mill, $24.6 million bond issue passed.

Voters passed a levy for Franklin City Schools, according to final, unofficial results. It’s a 5-year, 13.92-mill substitute operating levy. Last year in November, voters rejected the measure.

Some absentee ballots mailed in won’t be tallied tonight. They must be postmarked by Monday, May 1, and received by the county board of election by this Saturday, May 6. Then those ballots will be added to the final vote count.

A new requirement for this primary came in the form of Ohio’s new voter law. Voters had to show a valid state or federal ID in order to vote. In January, Gov. Mike Dewine signed it into law.