Election 2018: Carruthers says she’s running ‘for the right reasons,’ not a paycheck or healthcare

Published: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 1:27 PM

Sara Carruthers stands with her father Pat in front of a family portrait of her parents Pat and Donna Carruthers in September 2011. NICK DAGGY/FILE
Sara Carruthers stands with her father Pat in front of a family portrait of her parents Pat and Donna Carruthers in September 2011. NICK DAGGY/FILE

The first question most people ask Sara Carruthers about her candidacy for Ohio’s 51st House District is, “Why are you running?”

“I’m in it because it’s a mess,” she said. “About the time things went crazy for this office, I got sort of angry. I thought a long time about it and I prayed a long time about it and I thought, ‘People are getting into this position for the wrong reason,’ and I’m not in it for the wrong reasons as far as I feel.”


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Carruthers said she isn’t a “career politician” — she’s never run for political office previously — and believes people are running for this office “for a paycheck,” “for healthcare” and “status.”

“I don’t need any of those things,” she said. “My kids are settled and I thought, ‘Maybe I can make a difference.’”

The Hamilton philanthropist said she’s got a team of people to help her campaign and was a close friend to the late Tom Rentschler, a former state lawmaker born and raised in Hamilton who represented this district from 1967 to 1970.

“I admired him because he did it for the right reasons,” Carruthers said about Rentschler. “Now with the Internet and everything else it’s about what kind of dirt can you find on people, and that takes people away that are really good.”

Hamilton native Sara Carruthers is seeking to win the primary in May and election in November as the 51st Ohio House district representative.

Carruthers said somebody with a fresh face and a fresh point of view “that’s doing it for the right reasons, needless to say they’re going to be excited about what they’re seeing and try and help.”

This week, this news organization is profiling each candidate vying for the Republican nomination in the Ohio 51st House District race. This is the third of those profiles. The Ohio 51st House District represents residents in Hamilton and Fairfield, and Ross Twp., and parts of Fairfield, Hanover and St. Clair townships.

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The Carruthers’ family has donated to several projects around the county, including the Donna Y. Carruthers Fine Arts Center at Wilson Middle School, Ralph Rogan Carruthers Intensive Care Unit, Donna Y. Carruthers Cardiovascular Suites, and Carruthers Emergency Department and Gebhardt Center Cancer Treatment Center at Fort Hamilton Hospital.

“I love this place,” Carruthers said. “This place pumps through my veins and I want it to succeed. I want my kids, my grandkids and my great grandchildren, I want them to stay here, live here, work here and be good citizens here. I want to help people that I care about.”

If she wins in the May primary and then in the November election, she said she would focus on education, jobs and the drug crisis that’s devastated the area.

After meeting with some area police chiefs and police officers, she said she has “a few ideas what could be put into place without being drastic. I’ve seen some loopholes in the laws that need to be closed up, and nobody mentions them.”

She wouldn’t expand on what those loopholes are but said, “the police know they’re there.”

When it comes to education, she said she wants “to do more with the schools.”

“Our kids need to know that there are good people running this country, and that they do have a voice,” Carruthers said. “Right now our kids need heroes more than anything else.”

Carruthers also wants to focus on bringing jobs to the district, as well as filling the jobs that are available.

But she said there are quite a few people who cannot pass a drug test and “that’s a huge issue.”

Reports indicate positive results in drug tests are increasing, and in an employment agency survey of more than 1,000 businesses, 65 percent businesses indicated applicants are known to fail drug tests.

Carruthers said she knows Hamilton “like the back of my hand,” and is learning more about the other areas of the district, “although I know them well already.”

“It’s a two-year term so I’m going to have to hit the ground running,” she said. “I have some fabulous people that are helping me.”

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Winter Weather Advisory issued: Accumulating snow, high winds expected

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 3:57 AM
Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 1:03 PM

Here is the latest look at timing and totals of the snow.


  • Winter Weather Advisory for entire region from 8 p.m. Tuesday to 8 p.m. Wednesday
  • Stray shower through the afternoon and breezy
  • Rain changes to snow from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. 
  • Accumulating snow and gusty winds through Wednesday morning

>>Track the latest conditions with Live Doppler 7 Radar

>>UPDATING: School and business delays and closings


TUESDAY: A Winter Weather Advisory will go into effect for the entire region starting at 8 p.m. tonight. 

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High temperatures will reach around 40 degrees this afternoon and will fall into the lower 30s by evening, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. 

Some passing showers, mainly cold rain, through the rest of the day but some could see sleet. 

The next round of precipitation will start around the evening commute, but closer to sunset, Zontini said. Snow will be widespread and will accumulate through the overnight as temperatures drop into the upper 20s with wind gusts between 25 and 35 mph. 

Graphic by Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini

>> Don’t deflate tires to drive on ice, snow

WEDNESDAY: A messy morning commute is expected with temperatures in the 20s and snow still falling. Winds will still gust around 30 mph, so blowing, drifting, and poor visibility are possible. 

Overall most of the Miami Valley will end up with around 3 to 4-inches of snow with some areas seeing closer to 4 to 6-inches, Zontini said. 

Snow will taper off around noon but it’ll be breezy for the rest of the day with mostly cloudy skies and highs in the mid-30s. Chilly temperatures overnight drop to the low 20s. 

Graphic by Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini

>> Remember these things when driving in snow

THURSDAY: Refreeze or lingering snowy roads are possible early since temperatures will be in the low 20s. However, they’ll be big improvements through the day as sunshine returns and temperatures peak in the low 40s. Expect it to be dry throughout the entire day. 

>> 5-Day Forecast

FRIDAY: A sunny start with clouds increasing through the day. Highs will peak in the mid-40s as passing showers develop overnight. 

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

SATURDAY: Morning temperatures starting in the upper 20s could mean a brief wintry mix. Rain showers through the afternoon may end as wet snow. Highs reach in the low 40s. 

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Maryland school shooting: Gunman killed, 2 injured at Great Mills High School

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 11:34 AM
Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 11:34 AM

VIDEO: Shooting Reported At Maryland High School

A student who opened fire on a classmate at Maryland’s Great Mills High School died Tuesday morning after injuring two people, St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron said at a news conference.

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Austin explosions: 2nd suspicious package found after blast at Texas FedEx facility

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 12:36 PM
Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 12:36 PM

Package Explodes At FedEx Facility In Shertz,Texas

A package destined for Austin exploded early Tuesday at a FedEx ground delivery facility in Schertz, northeast of San Antonio, according to federal authorities.

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus told the Austin American-Statesman that a second suspicious package was found at the facility and taken by authorities for further investigation.

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Centerville rezones church property to become new Sinclair location

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 12:41 PM

Centerville City Council has rezoned the Far Hills Church property that could become a Sinclair Community College learning center.
Centerville City Council has rezoned the Far Hills Church property that could become a Sinclair Community College learning center.

Centerville City Council has approved the rezoning of a local church to be used as a new learning center for a Dayton community college.

Far Hills Church on Clyo Road has been rezoned to allow for it to become a new Sinclair Community College location. The college has been seeking to purchase the church and the nearly 40 acres it sits on since July.

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Sinclair officials had said they hoped to close on the property by the end of March but due to a 30-day period and a few more things to finalize, the school may not officially close on the property until sometime in April, spokesman Adam Murka told this news organization.

Centerville Deputy Mayor Belinda Kenley tweeted a photo of Sinclair president Steve Johnson speaking to Centerville City Council on Monday evening. Johnson later replied on Twitter by saying “Thank you so much. We will work to make you proud!!!”

“We are excited about the potential to increase our presence in the southern Montgomery corridor,” Murka said on Tuesday. “There’s still some stages to go before the project becomes final but we appreciate the support of centervile City Council.”

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In January, the state controlling board approved Sinclair’s request to spend more than $9.6 million on the church.

The church, located at 5800 Clyo Road, is a 100,000-square-foot facility that already has around 20 classrooms already, Sinclair officials have said.

The building, less than a mile from I-675 and near Wilmington Pike, also includes a childcare facility, a coffee shop and cafe area, a kitchen, two gymnasiums and an auditorium that seats 1,500 people, according to documents provided by Sinclair.

The new learning center will likely have most general education classes and possibly other offerings, officials have said.

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