Butler County

UPDATE: Andrew Marcum is behind bars:

School levies in Butler and Warren County passed easily Tuesday in an Ohio special election where most voters had nothing to vote on.

In Butler County’s Madison Local School District, a 7.07 mill, 10 year emergency tax levy renewal passed with 76 percent of the vote. Turnout in the district was 12 percent.

The Franklin City School District had an 8.8 mill, five year levy on the ballot in Warren County. It passed with 70 percent of the vote. About 13 percent of the district’s voters turned out.

Ohio is holding a special election today, but the vast majority of voters in southwest Ohio have no reason to go to the polls.

Polling places in Hamilton and Clermont counties won’t open today, because there were no ballot issues filed for today’s election.

In Butler County, there is only one issue on the ballot – an emergency tax levy renewal for the Madison Local School District amounting to 7.07 mills for 10 years.

Warren County, too, has one issue on the ballot – an 8.88 mill, five year renewal for the Franklin City Schools.

    A recent survey found that only 34% of adults with intellectual disabilities in the United States are employed. That includes several thousand individuals in Greater Cincinnati. For years, training centers or sheltered workshops have provided work opportunities for adults with disabilities. But there is a current push in many states to close these centers and direct individuals towards community-based employment. But incorporating people with intellectual disabilities into the general workforce is a challenge.

State Rep. Peter Beck
Ohio House of Representatives website

State Rep. Peter Beck, a Mason Republican indicted on 69 counts of fraud and theft, has resigned from the Ohio House.

Mike Dittoe, a spokesman for Ohio House Speaker William Batchelder, said Beck’s resignation was turned in Sunday and put on the House record Monday.

Beck, a former Mason council member and mayor, would have been gone by the end of the month, when his present term expired.

Butler County election officials held a recount Friday of a $65 million tax levy and bond issue for Middletown schools and the results remained the same - the issue passed by 22 votes out of about 5,900 cast.

Monday, Hamilton County Board of election officials will conduct a recount on a $2 million Colerain Township police levy that passed in the official count by 11 votes.

Automatic recounts are required when the results of a candidate race or ballot issue are within one half of one percent.

WVXU political reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with Maryanne Zeleznik this morning about some of the more interesting results in Tuesday's primary election and the low turnout in southwest Ohio counties.

Two incumbent Republican state representatives were defeated, a former Cincinnati city council member became the Democratic nominee for a state senate seat, and House Speaker John Boehner cruised to a win in Tuesday’s primary election in southwest Ohio.

The turnout in Tuesday’s election in the southwest Ohio counties was even lower than election officials expected – Hamilton County’s turnout was barely over 13 percent, 17.5 percent in Butler County, 15 percent in Warren County, and just under 13 percent in Clermont County.

House Speaker John Boehner has one less challenger in the May 6 GOP primary for his 8th Ohio Congressional District.

Matthew Ashworth, a tea party activist and business owner from Liberty Township, said on his campaign website that he was getting out of the race, and throwing his support to another challenger, Eric Gurr, also a business owner from Liberty Township.

That leaves Gurr and J.D. Winteregg, a high school French teacher from Troy, as the two Republicans challenging Boehner, who has held the seat since 1991.

The May 6 primary in Ohio is likely to be a relatively low turnout affair, except in locales where there are significant ballot issues to be decided.

There are no significant primaries on the Republican or Democratic side for the statewide offices, from governor on down; and there are no hot-button statewide ballot issues to draw voters to the polls.

There is a statewide constitutional amendment to allow the state to issue bonds to finance or help finance capital improvement projects for local governments.

But that ballot issue couldn’t draw flies.