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Trotwood Mayor, City Council, School Board Seats At Stake In Upcoming Election

Target Trotwood city council big box closures
Lewis Wallace
The city of Trotwood has faced challenges in recent years, including the loss of big box retailers and full-service grocery stores, and widespread damage from the Memorial Day tornado outbreak.

Several races in Trotwood will be decided in the November 5 election.

Incumbent Mayor Mary Ann McDonald faces challenger Yvette Page.

McDonald has been an entrepreneur and business owner for more than thirty-five years. She spent 10 years on the Trotwood City Council before becoming mayor four years ago.

McDonald has received a fair amount of praise from residents for her handling of the city’s recovery efforts following the Memorial Day Tornadoes, which hit Trotwood hard, damaging hundreds of homes and apartments and displacing hundreds of residents. 

Yvette Page is a Nashville, Tenn. native but has lived in Trotwood for more than 40 years. Page currently serves on the Trotwood City Council. She has received endorsements from several Miami Valley political figures, including Montgomery County Commissioner Carolyn Rice, and Democratic United States Sen. Sherrod Brown.

In the Trotwood City Council race, three candidates are vying for two open seats. Incumbent Rhonda Finley faces challengers Robert Kelley Jr. and David Young.

Three candidates are also vying for two open seats on the Trotwood-Madison District School Board.

Vanessa Jeter-Freeman currently serves on both the Trotwood-Madison, and Miami Valley Career Technology Center boards.

Former teacher Michael Andrews spent more than 30 years in the Trotwood-Madison District.

Candidate Khalilah Forte is a graduate of Colonel White High School for the Arts, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Human Resource Management. She’s calling for more accountability accountability of the challenges facing the school district.

Some of those challenges include the recent, abrupt resignation of Trotwood-Madison Schools Superintendent Tyrone Olverson in August. Olverson was selected as the interim superintendent in 2018 as the district was facing possible state takeover because of poor results on state assessment tests.

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