Wednesday, November 06, 2013

News from Ohio

Here are some of yesterday's election results in Ohio---


....Westerville: Voters in Westerville opted for fresh faces, too, by electing Nancy Nestor-Baker, Tracy Davidson and Rick Vilardo. The only incumbent, Kevin Hoffman, lost his bid for his fourth term. A slate of three candidates led by Westerville Tea Party President Jim Burgess was unsuccessful....

...Olentangy: Incumbents Julie Feasel and Dave King beat out conservative challengers Katy Barricklow and Brian Helwig.....

> The parents, students, and teachers of Springboro schools have some good news this morning.


Voters in Springboro have decided to change the course on the conservative policies in place at the Springboro School district. The school board has been at the center of controversy over the past several years.

The Springboro School Board has been criticized over it discussion of hot-button topics, like teaching creationism in the classroom, and offering classes on the constitution which critics said had religious overtones. Tuesdays election of Ron Malone, Charles Anderson, and Dave Stuckey dismantles the majority of the conservatives on the school board, and changes the direction of the district....

....Malone, Stuckey and Anderson beat out the more conversative opponents, David Bittner and Kolton Vaughan. Two remaining conservative members, Jim Regano and David Petroni, remain on the school board.  

Bittner and Vaughan had been supported by Tea Party activist, Kelly Kohls. Kohls remains on the board.


*** The Plain Dealer has some very interesting news about Republicand U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci and Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel.


Congressman Jim Renacci wrote a 2011 letter to Ohio Gov. John Kasich on behalf of Suarez Corporation Industries about the same time the company's employees made $90,000 in questionable donations to Renacci's re-election campaign.

The Wadsworth Republican’s letter urged Kasich to contact California Gov. Jerry Brown to intervene in a legal dispute that Suarez, a North Canton direct marketing company, was having in California....

....Ohio Treasurer Mandel did not share Kasich’s misgivings about acting on Suarez’ behalf, records released by his office show. Mandel sent Renacci a letter on March 21, 2011 that urged him to introduce the legislation sought by Suarez....

Read the entire article and see the relevant documents associated with the investigation at this PlainDealer link.

WOSU notes that the Ohio Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the case concerning Gov. Kasich's pet project, JobsOhio.

*** The pro-SB5, anti-union mayor of Toledo has been voted out of office. The ToledoBlade has the news on why Mayor Mike Bell lost his re-election campaign.

The race was watched closely statewide because of the Ohio Democratic Party’s stated goal of turning Mr. Bell out of office because of his close relationship with Republican Gov. John Kasich.