Published: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 @ 2:25 PM
Updated: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 @ 2:25 PM
By: Anthony Shoemaker - Staff Writer
— 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.