Hamilton County

There will be no shortage of contested races in the four southwest Ohio counties in the May primary.

The deadline for candidates to file for the May primary was 4 p.m. today.

The following is a list of the contested races. It is not the final, official list because petitions still have to be checked by county boards of elections for some of the candidates who filed. Here’s who filed:

Hamilton County:

9th Ohio Senate District: Incumbent Democrat Eric Kearney is term-limited out; and his open seat has drawn a crowd in the Democratic primary.

Howard Wilkinson

Sixty-two people will be stricken from the Hamilton County voter rolls because they did not respond to a board of elections letter challenging their voting addresses.

They include police officers, people who used postal service and private mail boxes, and some who voted from a motor coach association in Newtown.

The Banks Partnership

New details are being released about the next phase of the Banks project along the Ohio river.

Phase II A will feature a nine-story building running the length of Second Street from the Freedom Center to Race Street.

The development will include 305 apartments and 21,000 square feet of retail space.

Cincinnati and Hamilton County officials are slated to sign off on the project later this month. If everything moves on schedule, construction would begin in December with an expected opening date in fall 2015.

From a release:

Hamilton County Engineering

Cooney Faulkner & Stevens, LLC.

  The Hamilton County Board of Commissioners controls levies which represent more than $240 million in taxes for county property owners. Tom Cooney with the Tax Levy Review Committee, or TLRC, discusses the role the committee plays in putting those levies on the ballot.

Howard Wilkinson

Melowese Richardson, the Madisonville poll worker accused for voting illegally for herself and others over three elections, entered no contest pleas in court this morning to four of the eight charges against her.

Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Robert Ruehlman accepted the plea bargain reached between Richardson's attorney and assistant county prosecutor William Anderson and found Richardson guilty of four counts of illegal voting.

The other four counts were dismissed.

A Madisonville woman charged with eight counts of illegal voting over three elections is seeking a plea bargain with the Hamilton County prosecutor's office.

Melowese Richardson, 58, who was a poll worker at the Madisonville Recreation Center's polling place last fall, appeared in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Thursday morning, where her lawyer, William Gallagher told Judge Robert Ruehlman that he was negotiating plea agreement.

Tuesday is a primary election day in Ohio, but voters in many townships, villages and cities in southwest Ohio won’t have anything to vote on.

The candidate races and ballot issues in southwest Ohio counties are few and far between – in fact, in Butler County, there is no election at all.

In Hamilton County, only 129 of the county’s 545 precincts will be up and running Tuesday, according to Amy Searcy, director of the Hamilton County Board of Elections. The 129 precincts are in 87 polling places.

A Cincinnati nun charged with illegal voting for filling out and mailing in a ballot in last year's election for a nun who was deceased entered a guilty plea to the charge Tuesday, but she will do no jail time.

Sister Marguerite Kloos, 54, of Delhi Township appeared in the courtroom of Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Robert Winkler Tuesday morning to enter her plea.

Winkler sentenced her to a diversion program for at least a year. If she does not commit any more crimes, the record of her crime will eventually be expunged.