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"No Campaigning Beyond This Point," a sign from the 2008 election in Ohio. On Tuesday, November 4th, Ohio voters will elect a slew of statewide offices and decide on many local issues. The state offices up for grabs include governor, attorney general, secretary of state and seats on the state school board and the state Supreme Court.In the Miami Valley, three Republican U.S. Congressmen are facing challenges: John Boehner in the 8th, Mike Turner in the 10th and Steve Chabot in the 1st U.S. district.One state senate election is contested in the area—Republican Bill Beagle, of the 5th district, is defending his seat against Democratic Tipp City councilwoman Dee Gillis.Finally, there are nearly a dozen Ohio house races in the area (see the district map here and the list of candidates here) and we’re following the races for Montgomery County Commission and county auditor.The long list of local issues on Miami Valley ballots include a new tax levy for the Greene County Public Library, a Montgomery County human services levy, an income tax levy for Huber Heights, a parks levy in Beavercreek and an income tax increase in Piqua. Many school districts have levy renewals and a few are asking for increased funds.WYSO’s election night coverage will be a stream from NPR News from 8 p.m. to midnight, which is expected to focus on the U.S. Senate races. Our local and state coverage will include an interruption at 10 p.m. to check in with the Ohio Statehouse News Bureau’s hour of results and analysis in the statewide races, including Governor John Kasich’s incumbency.We’ll be updating results online Nov. 4 and 5, but most county, school district and local town or village issues will not be posted individually. Look for local results in your county on these websites:Butler County: http://results.butlercountyelections.org/Champaign County http://www.electionsonthe.net/oh/champaign/elecres.htmClark County http://www.electionsonthe.net/oh/clark/elecres.htmClinton County: http://www.electionsonthe.net/oh/clinton/ (click “Election Results” on left)Greene County: http://www.co.greene.oh.us/Archive.aspx?AMID=52Miami County: http://www.electionsonthe.net/oh/miami/elecres.htmMontgomery County: http://www.mcohio.org/boe/election_results.htmlPreble County: http://www.electionsonthe.net/oh/preble/elecres.htmWarren County: http://www.warrencountyboe.us/election_reports/search/votingresults/voting_results_publish.asp The Ohio Secretary of State’s office posts statewide unofficial election results as they become available here: https://vote.ohio.gov/Home.aspx

Little Known Dayton Area Man Running For Governor After All

 
It appears that Ed FitzGerald will have an opponent in the Democratic primary for governor: Larry Ealy, a candidate many people expected wouldn't qualify for the ballot and most have never heard of. The 51-year-old Trotwood resident describes himself as a civil rights advocate who says he’s been helping people in his community deal with legal issues. 

“We have a problem with jobs, economics, financial institutes, learning institutes," says Ealy, who is currently unemployed. "Most minorities still today cannot receive loans and government benefits to help them with small business."

Ealy says he’s also worried about youth violence and guns, and wants to go into impoverished areas to, in his words, replace crack cocaine with paychecks, especially for jobless teens. He wants to do something about what he calls the mass incarceration rate, and would support legalizing marijuana and releasing all non-violent offenders with diagnosed mental illnesses; he also says his own legal troubles and run-ins with police led him to the race.

"All the poor black and minority communities have been deprived of due process in the United States. And I’ll be the first black governor in 203 years since this has been a state,” says Ealy.

Ealy is less concerned about Ed Fitzgerald, the Cuyahoga County Democrat he'll be facing in the primary election, than he is about challenging Republican Gov. John Kasich’s economic policies.  “Kasich is the one who derailed citizens from several good paying jobs by some things in the law that he shouldn’t have passed."

To challenge Kasich, however, he has to beat FitzGerald in the May 6 primary. “I didn’t expect to run against FitzGerald – I know nothing about him," Ealy says. "But if he’s standing in the way of the first black governor, he’s got to go down."

Ealy has a campaign advisor, but admits he doesn’t have much of a campaign fund, and says so far, he’s been paying for his run for governor himself. He plans to go door-to-door and visit as many counties as he can before May.