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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

Three Vie For Montgomery County Commissioner's Seat

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Three people are vying for a seat as Montgomery County Commissioner in the election November 4th. The incumbent, Democratic Commissioner Dan Foley, will face off against former Dayton Mayor, independent Gary Leitzell, and Republican Mike Nolan.  

Commissioner Foley says the last eight years have been tough on the Miami Valley, but things are getting better.

“You know, while nobody’s walking down the street giving high-fives to each other yet, we are clearly starting to fight back and I’ve played a part in that," he says.

Foley thinks foreign businesses can aid Montgomery County’s economic recovery. The commission is now marketing Dayton in Israel.

“It’s a long-term proposition." Foley adds, "We’re not claiming it’s going to be short term wins, but we think over time Dayton is going to be very well suited to marry up with Israeli companies and create jobs in Dayton, Ohio.”

Foley is seeking his third term as county commissioner. He’ll go head-to-head with someone he knows well, former Dayton Mayor Gary Leitzell, an independent challenger.

Leitzell says he’s concerned about a projected population loss for the county.

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Gary Leitzell

“If we’re going to lose 40,000 people in the next fifteen years and nobody’s addressing that, then it’s time someone is willing to stick their neck out and address that.”

But turnout in this election is expected to be low and the city commission race could be decided by just a few thousand votes. In a 2013 run-off election, Leitzell lost a chance at reelection when less than 10,000 residents turned out to vote for the run-off. Foley only won reelection in his last race by a 1.8 percentage point.

The third candidate for commissioner, Republican Mike Nolan, spent 26 years with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office - for nearly five years, overseeing a $45 million budget. The county commissioner’s budget for the sheriff’s office in 2013 was just over $31 million.

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Mike Nolan with Governor John Kasich.

“This is occurring in a time when gangs, crime, drugs, are taking over Montgomery County,” he says.

Nolan also served as a Miami Twp. trustee for three years. During that time, the 142 acre, Austin landing retail and business park was completed. The site was criticized early on for drawing businesses out of downtown Dayton, but Nolan says they were on their way out of Montgomery County anyway

“So we tried to work with them to encourage them to stay in Montgomery county to keep the tax base here as well as the employment numbers.”

Crime, population loss, a sluggish economy and declining property values are just some of the issues that a new city commissioner will have to focus on after next week’s election.