Election 2019

The number of African American-owned businesses has fallen sharply in Yellow Springs from its peak four decades ago. Only a handful remain in the village.
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In Tuesday’s election, Yellow Springs voters rejected Village Charter Amendment 13, a proposal that would have allowed residents as young as 16 years old to vote in village races.

The measure failed with 52.4 percent of voters rejecting the ballot issue, and 47.6 percent voting in favor.  

The all-or-nothing issue amending the village charter would also have extended the village mayor’s term from two years to four years beginning in 2021, and it would have allowed immigrants with green cards or other legal United States residency to vote on village issues.

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The race to fill three seats on the Dayton School Board has so far elected candidates with close ties to the district. 

Community activist Will Smith won a third of the 30,368 ballots cast, with 9,104 votes. Smith is a DPS graduate whose own child attends school in the district.

Gabriela Pickett came in second place, winning 28 percent of the votes at 8,509. The education researcher's children graduated from DPS.

The third place is too close to call with unofficial results showing Joe Lacey with 6,383 votes, to Dion Sampson Sr.'s 6,372.

Dayton City Commissioners Matt Joseph and Chris Shaw
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In the race for Dayton City Commission, incumbent candidates Matt Joseph and Chris Shaw have maintained their seats on the commission. Both candidates receiving more than 6700 votes apiece. 

This marks Shaw's second term on the commission and Joseph's fifth. Jospeh and Shaw recently proposed an amendent to the Dayton city charter to allow city firefighters to volunteer in other communities.  Dayton voters overwhelmingly passed the amendment Tuesday.

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Results for the Yellow Springs Village Council election are not expected to be released for another 11 days.

Greene County Board of Elections officials say the village is among four county jurisdictions with write-in candidates on yesterday’s ballot, and the county plans to use until the official-count date of Nov. 19, 2019 to review all ballots containing write-in votes.

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Dayton voters Tuesday overwhelmingly approved Issue 15. The charter amendment clears the way for city firefighters to volunteer in other communities, something the city charter had barred. 

The ballot measure was proposed by Dayton City Commissioners Matt Joseph and Chris Shaw. Shaw says the rule change is needed to allow the city to compete for federal firefighting grants.

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Voting is underway in communities across the Miami Valley this Election Day. In Greene County, elections officials reported light turnout and no major issues with the county’s new voting machines.

Llyn McCoy, director of the Greene County Board of Elections, said precinct officials ironed out some minor issues with the new voting equipment, which combine paper and computer voting and finish by printing each voter's completed ballot. 

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Tuesday, Nov. 5 is Election Day across Ohio. This year, Miami Valley voters will decide a number of city, village and township races, along with some school board races and local ballot issues.

How to participate:

Polls are open Tuesday from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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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. 

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Election Day is next week and this year Dayton voters will consider a measure allowing city firefighters to volunteer in other communities.

The city charter currently bars city employees from working for other jurisdictions.

Issue 15 was proposed by Dayton City Commissioners Matt Joseph and Chris Shaw.

Shaw says the rule change is needed to allow the city to compete for federal firefighting grants.

Dayton Voters To Decide Dayton School Board Election

Oct 30, 2019
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Dayton voters will decide the Dayton School Board race on Election Day, with four candidates vying for three open seats. The contest comes at a pivotal time for the school district.

To the relief of some district officials, Dayton Public Schools avoided state takeover this year.

The accomplishment came after two years of major systemic changes for the district, including teacher pay increases and a school leadership overhaul.

At a recent forum, school board candidates were quick to mention the improved state report card.