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Published: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 @ 2:25 PM
Updated: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 @ 2:25 PM
— The ballot Tuesday was full of state issues, local tax levies and candidates.
Some in the region will see their taxes go up, some will see new faces as their city’s mayor.
Here’s a look at some of the key races and issues on the ballot and how you will be impacted:
Nearly eight in 10 voters in Ohio said Yes to Issue 1, also known as Marsy’s Law.
Approval of Issue 1 Tuesday places the new guarantees for crime victims into the state constitution. They include notice of court proceedings, input on plea deals and the ability for victims and their families to tell their story.
Two incumbent Dayton commissioners easily won re-election against two challengers Tuesday, prompting the winners to say voters think the city is headed in the right direction.
Joey Williams, who was the top vote-getter, and Jeff Mims Jr. defeated challengers Darryl Fairchild and Shenise Turner-Sloss.
Mims and Williams said they feel voters recognized the city’s resurgence under their leadership and said they can’t wait to get to work to extend the successes downtown deeper into residential neighborhoods.
“We think we’ve made strides and we’ve got momentum and we can take things further,” Williams said.
Downtown Dayton voters overwhelmingly supported allowing bars and restaurants to start serving alcohol at 10 a.m. instead of 11 a.m. on Sundays.
The one-hour difference actually means big money for businesses as the popularity of brunch has grown.
The Miami Twp. trustee candidate who got the most votes in his first time on the ballot in a race that unseated two incumbents said a shift in priorities is needed.
John Morris said his campaign theme of emphasizing spending on basic services broke through as more than 4,000 township voters backed him, enabling the 48-year-old Tuesday night to gain the most votes in a contested Miami Twp. trustee race since 2011.
“I think the messaging of resources – being police, fire, roads and parks – just hit home with everyone,” he said.
The Montgomery County Human Services Levy easily passed Tuesday, supported by about three of every four county voters.
The eight-year renewal levy will help fund safety-net programs for children in crisis, the developmentally disabled, the frail elderly and indigent — as well as those struggling with opioid addiction.
Sinclair Community College leaders won’t have to have to hit the campaign trail for the next several years as the school’s 10-year levy renewal easily passed Tuesday.
Around 74 percent of people voted in favor of the levy and just more than 26 percent voted against it, according to unofficial results from the Montgomery County Board of Elections.
Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 1:11 PM
Joey Williams announced Wednesday evening that he will resign Friday as a Dayton city commissioner two months into a new four-year term.
Here are five things to know about the resignation:
1. Longest tenure. Williams is Dayton’s current longest-serving city commissioner, with 16 years in office. He won re-election in November and just began his fifth term on commission in January.
2. Quick primary. His resignation so soon into a new term now will trigger a short turnaround on an election to replace him.
The city commission will meet in special session Friday and likely will approve a May 8 election. City charter dictates that vacancies be filled by special election 60 to 90 days after the vacancy occurs. The May date falls within that, but candidates will have to collect 500 signatures on petitions by March 9.
3. Other job. The work of city commisioner often is a part-time job, and Williams said his new full-time work — Dayton market president for KeyBank, announced just days after November’s election — requires more travel than expected, which means he misses more commission meetings.
4. Honor of a lifetime. Williams, fighting back tears as he announced his resignation, said, “To serve my community has been a thrill and honor of a lifetime.”
5. Money matters. Fellow commissioners praised Williams for his leadership and financial advice.
Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 10:31 AM
Updated: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 10:31 AM
A lawsuit filed by some unsuccessful applicants to grow medical marijuana in Ohio claims state regulators failed to follow their own rules last year when they awarded provisional licenses for growing facilities.
Several groups including CannAscend Ohio LLC filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Franklin County Common Pleas Court in Columbus.
The lawsuit challenges the Ohio Department of Commerce’s process for awarding the provisional licenses to 12 companies for large-scale growing facilities.
The lawsuit alleges various failures in the licensing process, including “scoring errors, undisclosed conflicts of interest, and undisclosed loopholes in the security of information.”
» TRENDING COVERAGE: Medical marijuana dispensaries are more like bars than pharmacies
Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 10:43 AM
Updated: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 10:43 AM
— Willis E. Blackshear, longtime Montgomery County recorder and Montgomery County Democratic Party stalwart, has died, Dayton and county officials confirmed today. He was 57.
“He was always passionate about public service and really passionate about how people can make a difference in their communities if they got involved in politics,” said Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, who said Blackshear died overnight in hospice care after a long illness.
Blackshear worked his way up the ranks during 22 years in the county’s treasurer’s office. In 2006 he was appointed county recorder. In 2008, he was elected to his first full term and was re-elected in 2012 and 2016.
Born and raised in Dayton, Blackshear continued to reside in the city with his wife, Regina. He also leaves behind an adult son, Willis Jr.
Blackshear graduated from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School and received his BA in political Science from Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn., according to his county biography.
We will continue to update this story as it develops.
Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 2:32 PM
TROY – Details are being finalized for the housing of federal prisoners in Miami County for the first time in nearly a decade.
Sheriff Dave Duchak said his staff is working with the federal marshal’s service on a contract under which up to 20 prisoners would be housed in pods at the county Incarceration Facility located between Troy and Piqua.
The proposed agreement would allow for up to 15 males and five females. The county would be paid $59 per day, per prisoner and would be paid to transport the prisoners to and from the facility to federal court in Dayton.
The Incarceration Facility was built in 1999 with the goal at the time of using one half of its four, 60-person pods to house local prisoners and to rent the other half to help offset facility operating costs.
The county housed prisoners for other counties and the federal marshal’s service before the facility was closed at the end of 2009 because of budget cuts blamed on the recession. The sheriff’s office reopened one of the facility’s pods in 2013, the second in 2014 and a third last year.
Last year, the sheriff’s office again started renting a few beds to the Darke County Sheriff’s Office and Greenville police. More recently, the Pike County Sheriff’s Office has been renting beds. Those agencies are using about 10 beds a day. Last year, the sheriff’s office brought in around $100,000 from bed rentals.
“I don’t have a problem renting out beds as long as it doesn’t hurt our judges’ ability to incarcerate,” Duchak said.
County Commission President John “Bud” O’Brien said he and fellow commissioners are “certainly in favor of the sheriff renting beds to whoever he can.” The rentals help supplement the cost of operating the facility, he said.
“We haven’t seen the contract yet, but are looking forward to seeing it,” O’Brien said.
Duchak said the arrangement for housing federal prisoners would be like the previous agreement.
Miami County also has a jail at the county Safety Building in Troy, where up to 48 prisoners can be held. That space is used for primarily for violent offenders, while nonviolent offenders are housed at the Incarceration Facility. The federal prisoners would be nonviolent people facing charges for financial and other crimes, Duchak said.