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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

Procter & Gamble To Open Distribution Facility Near Dayton Airport

Governor John Kasich speaking at Sinclair Community College Thursday.
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JobsOhio, the state’s semi-private development arm, says 800 jobs are coming to the Dayton area as Procter & Gamble plans to invest nearly $90 million in a new logistics facility in the city of Union, near the Dayton airport.

 

This actually isn’t the first time these jobs have been announced, but until now the investment has gone by the code name Project Walnut. Turns out the mystery "walnut" is actually Procter & Gamble, the Cincinnati-based producer of a line of products ranging from Head and Shoulders to Tide and Bounty.

"We’ve all been through tough economic times the last five or six years, and so this is just great news," said John Applegate, the city manager of Union. "There’s just no other way to describe it, it’s awesome."

Procter & Gamble is working with two contractors who plan to hire around 800 people to staff the new distribution center, set to open in 2015. A representative from JobsOhio says the state will offer incentives to the company, but those numbers aren’t yet set in stone.

Governor John Kasich was in Dayton Thursday lauding the news—and pointing out some slightly older job news.

"You know when I think about 800 jobs at Fuyao, I think about 800 plus jobs today at P & G, I think about 1600 families that are gonna do better, I mean isn’t that cool?" he said. "That’s as good as it gets."

But in election season, even job counts get political: the campaign for Kasich’s opponent in the November election, Democrat Ed Fitzgerald of Cleveland, issued a response to the Dayton event, saying the city’s job growth has sputtered since Kasich took office.

"The reality in Dayton is not what Governor Kasich would like us all to believe that it is," said Lauren Hitt with the Fitzgerald campaign. "People in that community have been struggling for years."

 

Unemployment in Ohio has dropped significantly since 2010, but tens of thousands have also left the workforce; in the Dayton area, unemployment rates have also improved dramatically, but the actual number of people working is almost identical to what it was when Kasich took office.

 

New state unemployment numbers are due out Friday morning.