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Published: Monday, November 06, 2017 @ 10:33 PM
Updated: Monday, November 06, 2017 @ 10:33 PM
— UPDATE @ 10:40 p.m.
Jeffrey Gore will be the next mayor of Huber Heights, according to the unofficial results.
Gore beat David Wilson by 56 percent to 43 percent.
Nancy Byrge will become the next city councilperson at-large. She beat Chase Warden in Montgomery County 57 percent to 42 percent.
Andrew Hill appears to have narrowly beat Carl Urbanas in a razor’s edge race of 50 percent to 49 percent. The men are separated by 13 votes.
Mark Campbell beat Linda Morin, 56 percent to 43 percent.
Seth Morgan won an noncompetitive race for Ward 3.
One-hundred percent of precincts are reporting, but results remain unofficial.
UPDATE @ 9:45 p.m.
Jeffrey Gore continues to lead David Wilson among Montgomery County voters in the race for Huber Heights mayor, according to unofficial results.
With less than 5 percent of precincts reporting, Gore has 494 votes to Wilson’s 372 votes, according to the Montgomery County Board of Elections.
In the at-large race, Nancy Byrge still leads Chase Warden with 508 votes to 311 votes.
No precincts are reporting in the Ward 4 race, though Carl Urbanas slightly leads Andrew Hill with 45 votes to 26.
Mark Campbell leads Linda Morin in the Ward 5 race, with one-third of precincts reporting. Campbell has 217 votes to Morin’s 152 votes.
UPDATE @ 7:48 p.m.
Jeffrey Gore leads David Wilson among Montgomery County absentee voters in the race for Huber Heights mayor, according to early unofficial election results.
Gore leads Wilson with 358 votes to 235.
In the at-large council race, Nancy Byrge leads Chase Warden with 371 votes to 189.
Two candidates are facing-off Tuesday in a race to become Huber Heights’ new mayor.
Mayor Tom McMasters decided not to seek re-election.
Jeffrey Gore and David Wilson are seeking election to a four-year term in the city’s highest office.
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Gore is a teacher and former small business owner with a background in real estate, finance and marketing. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from Colorado Technical University and is working toward his master’s of education from Antioch University Midwest.
Wilson is a member of the city’s planning commission and served two years on Huber Heights city council in 2010-2011. He has served on the board of zoning appeals, graduated from the Huber Heights Citizens Police Academy, and has 33 years experience in production and inventory control. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bowling Green State University.
As a public service to readers, the Dayton Daily News asked the candidates to respond to a series of questions about the race. Below are edited excerpts of their answers presented in alphabetical order. Additional questions and responses about the city manager’s residency, medical marijuana, and economic development are available online at vote.daytondailynews.com.
Q: What do you think the 3 biggest challenges are that are facing Huber Heights?
Jeffrey Gore: First, it’s imperative that we take advantage of the positive economic development growth that has been spearheaded by current city leaders like City Councilman Mark Campbell and City Manager Rob Schommer. Huber Heights is growing, and we need to take that momentum and bring it to other parts of town – specifically the southern part of town where improvements are drastically needed and vacant buildings need to be filled. Second, we need to return to a professional relationship between the mayor’s office and city council. The level of division and infighting has cast a shadow on our city and limited our effectiveness. Third, we need to support public safety, especially as it relates to combating the opioid epidemic. Strong public safety creates a safer community, which ripples throughout the city and enhances the quality of life for all residences.
David Wilson: I believe in order to create a positive image for our city we need a full-time economic development director to work with our Chamber of Commerce, The Brandt Pike Revitalization Committee and Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission to address the lack of growth in our business community. Secondly, we need to strengthen our zoning codes and zoning enforcement in order to improve the deteriorating conditions we see in some of our neighborhoods and businesses. These two changes, combined with revitalizing our parks, are the first steps to my goal of making everyone proud to call Huber Heights their home town.
Q: In past months, council members have engaged in disagreements, insults and accusations between members. Council members often refer to themselves as “old council” or “new council” to describe their perspectives. How would you seek to reconcile these differences?
Jeffrey Gore: One of the reasons I chose to run for mayor was to return professionalism to the position, while also focusing on people over politics. Unfortunately, the “old council” against “new council” feud is the exact opposite. These differences could easily be reconciled by agreeing to work on behalf of the residents instead of trying to push personal agendas, focusing on the facts and showing respect for fellow members of our city government. As mayor I would start with leading by example, and holding council members accountable to the same standard.
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 3:23 PM
Updated: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 12:11 AM
WASHINGTON — The federal government shut down Saturday for the first time since 2013 late Friday, with a handful of Republicans and the vast majority of Democrats in the Senate opposing efforts to keep the federal government running for another month.
By a vote of 50-48, Senate Republicans fell far short of the 60 votes needed to end floor debate and clear the way for a vote on a bill approved Thursday by the House which would keep the federal government open until the middle of February.
Hundreds of housands of federal workers faced the possibility of being furloughed during a shutdown.
While most of the functions of the federal government will still operate – the mail will be delivered, Social Security checks will still go out, the military will still function – workers deemed “non-essential” would be asked not to go to work, and would be paid only after the federal government resumed operations.
At issue was what would be the fourth temporary spending bill passed by Congress since the fiscal year began in October.
That bill would also extend the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program, known as CHIP, for six years. Republicans included the measure as a sweetener aimed at attracting Democratic support.
At first, the plan seemed to work, with Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio indicating he’d likely support the bill. But Brown joined most Senate Democrats Friday in blocking a floor vote.
Brown was influenced in part by the announcement Friday that a handful of Republicans, including Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Jeff Flake of Arizona did not plan to vote for the bill. They had been working toward a separate measure aimed at extending a program that allows people brought to the United States illegally as children to stay, and called for a short-term bill that would keep the government open through early next week, expressing confidence that they could come up with a long term plan during that time.
Brown jumped, saying he’d support the shorter-term plan.
“We are very close to a bipartisan agreement, and we owe it to the people we work for to keep working and get the job done,” said Brown.
But in agreeing to the shorter-term plan, he became the object of derision from Republicans who hope to unseat him later this year. They said by opting not to support the bill passed by the House, he was effectively voting against the six-year extension of CHIP.
Blaine Kelly of the Ohio Republican Party said Brown’s decision not to vote for the GOP plan “is a flip flop beyond belief, and puts the health insurance of nearly a quarter million Ohio children at risk.”
Jennifer Donohue, communications director for Brown, replied that CHIP would have passed “months ago” if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, “had listened to Senator Brown, but instead they’re holding the program hostage and using Ohio kids as political leverage.”
Last December, Brown voted against a temporary spending bill that kept the government open because it only extended CHIP money for three months instead of five years.
While Republicans blamed Senate Democrats for the shutdown, a Washington Post-ABC News Poll released Friday indicated most Americans blamed the party in power: 48 percent of those polled blamed Republicans while 28 percent blamed Democrats.
Ohio Democrats, meanwhile, pointed out that Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, who is challenging Brown for Senate, voted for the measure that led to the federal government shutdown in 2013.
“If the government shuts down tonight, the blame will lay at the feet of Republicans in control of Washington, like Rep. Jim Renacci, who irresponsibly govern by crisis and play political games,” said Ohio Democratic Party spokesman Jake Strassberger.
Renacci and Senate Republican candidate Mike Gibbons were quick to strike back. James Slepian, a Renacci aide said “after Sherrod Brown vowed to shut down the government, cut off funding to our troops and deny health insurance to 9 million low income children, Senator Brown and his lackeys at the Ohio Democratic Party are terrified by the hell he’ll pay with Ohio voters.”
Gibbons said that “Sherrod Brown and Chuck Schumer are playing politics with people's lives for partisan advantage.”
Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, speaking on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” seemed puzzled that Democrats were holding up the bill in large part because of the immigration issue, saying “it’s an issue that hasn’t been resolved yet and it will take a little more time.” He backed moving the bill forward.
“This is not a good way to score political points,” Portman said.
Despite the shutdown, much of the government will remain effectively operational, albeit on a smaller scale, at least in the short term. The mail will still get delivered, the post offices will remain open, the Army, Navy and Air Force operate as usual but active duty members will not be paid until the shutdown ends, and Americans receive their Social Security checks. Medicare and Medicaid continue to function.
The state in 2016 had 77,400 federal employees, of which 5,250 were on active duty with the Air Force. Air Force civilian employment was 13,838, almost all at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton.
During past partial shutdowns, some civilian workers were furloughed, although they were paid when the government re-opened. In the 2013 shutdown, 50 workers at the Defense Supply Center in Whitehall were furloughed.
In part, Democrats have adopted a strategy aimed at their political base which is demanding action on the Dreamers and wants more confrontation with Trump. By doing so, they are emulating the Republican strategy of 2013 in which the GOP closed the government in a futile effort to convince President Barack Obama to scrap his 2010 health law known as Obamacare.
“Smart Republicans have learned how stupid it is politically to shut down the government,” said one longtime Republican lobbyist in Washington. “You don’t win when you shut down the government.”
The Republican said the Senate Democrat strategy was complicated when House Republicans overcame their vast differences and passed the temporary spending bill Thursday. Until then, Senate Democrats could justifiably argue that the GOP-controlled House could not keep the government open.
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 5:33 PM
— Hundreds of thousands of federal employees could be barred from working if Congress can’t agree to a budget plan and avoid a shutdown.
But the country’s more than 500,000 postal service workers won’t be among them.
Mail service will continue uninterrupted, even during a government shutdown.
That’s because the U.S. Postal Service is not funded by taxpayer dollars for everyday operations.
Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 4:25 PM
Updated: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 7:39 PM
— UPDATE: Montgomery County Commissioner Dan Foley has confirmed he will run for the Ohio House 43rd District seat.
State Rep. Jeff Rezabek, R-Clayton, announced on Thursday that he will not seek re-election and will instead run for Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Juvenile division judge.
His decision will likely lead to one of the hottest Statehouse races in the region as the Ohio 43rd is one of the most evenly divided politically in the Dayton area.
Thursday night Montgomery County Commissioner Dan Foley confirmed that he will run for Rezabek’s seat. Foley, a Democrat, had earlier announced that he would not run for re-election but will serve out his term on commission through the end of this year.
Democrat Ralph Dean Brill of Brookville, also took out nominating petitions from the Montgomery County Board of Elections but could not be reached for comment.
On Friday Clayton Councilman Kenny Henning will formally announce he is running in the Republican primary for the seat, and Stephanie Garrett of West Alexandria has also confirmed she is running in that primary.
Foley declined to say more about his candidacy but said he will hold a formal announcement news conference soon.
‘We made an impact’
Rezabek said he wants to use his experience as a lawyer and a legislator to bring change to the juvenile court.
“We made an impact in the legislature,” he said. “But the real impact is directly on the community and directly with those kids and with those families.”
Rezabek, an attorney specializing in juvenile cases, is running for the seat being vacated at the end of the year by Juvenile Judge Nick Kuntz, who cannot run for re-election due to age limitations for judges.
The race for Kuntz’s seat has attracted a lot of attention, with at least five other people taking out nominating petitions.
They include Democrats Julie Bruns of Miamisburg, Greg Scott of Dayton, Steven Wagenfeld of Centerville and Cynthia L. Westwood of Farmersville. Republican C. Ralph Wilcoxson II has also obtained a petition.
Rezabek ran unsuccessfully for the job in 2012. First elected to the Ohio House in 2014, he won a bitter re-election battle in 2016 against David Sparks of Clayton.
Henning said he will make the formal announcement that he is running for the seat at an 11:30 a.m. news conference Friday at the Miami Valley Career Technology Center’s adult center, 6801 Hoke Road, Clayton.
“I’m 100 percent invested in the community and I want to ensure that our 43rd House district has a strong champion to advocate for the district in Columbus.” said Henning, who is a judicial assistant to Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Erik Blaine.
A Clayton native who has served on the council since 2012, Henning said his campaign will focus on farming and agriculture, the concerns of small business owners and trying to restore Local Government Fund revenue slashed by the legislature. He said he also wants to address the opioid addiction crisis.
Garrett is president of the Preble County Convention and Visitors Bureau and assistant treasurer of the Ohio Republican Party.
“I wanted to teach my children that they could make a difference. So I got involved in my community and started working with candidates and the Republicans.”
The filing deadline for the May 8 primary is Feb. 7.
Mark Owens, chairman of the Montgomery County Democratic Party, said the 43rd House district is about evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans and can be won by a Democrat like Foley.
“If he’s willing to get out and roll up his sleeves and work I think he can win it,” Owens said.
The district covers parts of Englewood, Clayton, Trotwood, western Montgomery County and all of Preble County.
Multiple people have pulled petitions to run for Foley’s county commission seat. Democrats include Montgomery County Treasurer Carolyn Rice and Daryl Ward, senior pastor of Omega Baptist Church in Dayton.
Both Rice and Ward have turned in their nominating petitions.
Republicans include former Miami Twp. Trustee Bob Matthews and current Miami Twp. Trustee Doug Barry, both of whom have turned in petitions. Petitions have been obtained but not submitted by Greg Hart and Joshua Smith, both Dayton Republicans.Tweets by @LynnHulseyDDN
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 11:43 AM
MASSIE TWP. — The Massie Twp. Board of Trustees called a special meeting for 6:30 p.m. today to discuss the future of the township fire department.
Fire Chief Scott Hines, the department’s only paid employee, resigned on Jan. 2 after learning he was under scrutiny for purchasing food for firefighters, and part of the department’s entirely volunteer force resigned too.
“They left us with a skeleton crew,” Trustee David Crisenbery said this morning.
The township, home to about 1,500 residents, is on the south side of Caesar Creek Lake. The department handles emergency calls from the lake.
Since Hines’ resignation, fire and emergency calls are being handled by the remaining department along with mutual aid from fire departments in Wayne Twp., Warren County, and Chester Twp., Clinton County.
The trustees are also weighing creating a joint fire district with Chester Twp. with new levies supporting the operation.
“That is the goal,” Trustee Daryl McKinney said.
A larger district qualifies for more grants, McKinney said.
The Massie Twp department operates on a $92,000 budget from two levies.
Crisenbery said the township could seek an additional local levy to fund part-time paid firefighters. Also, Hines’ replacement could be picked, Crisenbery added.
“Anything’s possible tonight,” Crisenbery said. “All options, I feel, should be on the table.”
Hines said he was working with the Village of Harveysburg on creating a fire department, taking over fire and ambulance services within its municipal limits within Massie Twp.
He accused Trustee Mark Dawson of “micromanaging” him for more than two years.
“I just got tired of it,” he said.
Dawson said Hines was the subject of two internal investigations which provided 11 grounds for his removal.
“It is our responsibility to address the issues,” he said. “I call it doing the job we’re appointed to.”