Ohio voters picked a new governor, backed the full state of Republicans to statewide non-judicial offices and killed Issue 1. Local voters backed the Five Rivers MetroParks levy and Dayton voters Ok’d effort to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.
It also was a night where some familiar faces lost their seats locally and some newcomers won.
Here’s a look at some of the highlights from Election Day:
Mike DeWine wins governor race
Republican Mike DeWine won Ohio’s governor race Tuesday in a big night for the GOP, which swept the down ticket executive offices – attorney general, auditor, secretary of state and treasurer – for the third consecutive statewide election cycle.
Around midnight, DeWine and his running mate, Jon Husted, and their families took the stage at the Ohio Republican Party event in Columbus to declare victory in what had been a hard-fought campaign.DeWine saluted his Democratic opponent Richard Cordray, who he said “fought a tough, tough race – about as tough as I want.”
He added “Tonight one journey ends and the other begins. As we begin this journey tonight, we must work, not as Democrats, not as Republicans, but as Ohioans. Ohioans united around our shared mission to ensure that every single person in this state, every child, not matter where they’re born, no matter who their parents are, no matter what their circumstances are, has the opportunity to live up to their God given potential. That is our mission.”
Democrats win U.S. House, U.S. Senate stays Republican
Democrats were on track to gain House control Tuesday night, but Republicans held their Senate majority as voters rendered a mixed verdict in the first nationwide election of Donald Trump's turbulent presidency.
The Democrats picked up the 23 seats they would need to take from the GOP, but were still short of the 218 total to wrest control with more races still undecided.
The results allowed both parties to claim partial victory, and highlighted an extraordinary realignment of U.S. voters by race, sex and education. Republicans maintained their strength in conservative, rural states, while Democrats made inroads across America's suburbs.
State Issue 1 failed big
Ohio voters defeated State Issue 1 Tuesday 63 percent to 37 percent, according to final, unofficial results.
The proposed constitutional amendment would have changed Ohio law to keep low-level drug offenders out of prison with the goal of promoting treatment of drug addiction instead of incarceration. But opponents raised concerns about the impact removing the threat of punishment would have on Ohio's drug courts.
4. Local congressional races more competitive than normal
In 2016, none of the area’s four local congressmen had any problem winning re-election. Mike Turner, Jim Jordan, Warren Davidson and Steve Chabot all cruised to victory.
This year, two of those races may be closer than normal, but polls still give Republicans an edge to keep the seats. Davidson and Jordan, who represent strongly Republican districts are expected to win re-election easily.
Turner is running for a 9th term against Democrat Theresa Gasper and Libertarian candidate David Harlow. Gasper has given Turner a challenge he is not used to. She has outraised him in each of the recent filing quarters and has hit the airwaves with TV ads. Turner has fought back with ads of his own. The 10th District which includes all of Montgomery, Greene and Fayette counties does skew Republican, however on paper it is the most competitive of Ohio’s 16 congressional districts. Most of the national political predictors expect Turner to win.
In the 1st District, which includes all of Warren and most of Hamilton counties, longtime Congressman Steve Chabot is facing a strong challenge from Hamilton County Clerk of Courts, and Beavercreek native Aftab Pureval. The race has been declared a toss-up for much of the year, but recently experts show the race moving in Chabot’s direction.
5. City voters to decide whether to fluoridate water
Springfield voters will vote whether the city should begin putting fluoride in the water supply.
Those in favor of the move say it will improve oral health in the city and say the limited amount of fluoride added to the water poses no health risks.
Those against adding fluoride to the water say there are other ways for residents to take care of their teeth and the city water should be left alone.
6. Clark County Commission seat up for grabs
Clark County Commissioner and Republican Rick Lohnes and Democratic challenger Seth Evans are squaring off for a commission seat Tuesday.
Lohnes, former commander of the 178th Wing of the Ohio National Guard, will try to retain the seat he’s held for two terms. Seth Evans is a small business owner and a local minister in the United Methodist Church.
7. 79th district seat race heating up
Republican incumbent Kyle Koehler is looking to win a third term as he faces Democratic challenger Amanda Finfrock Tuesday.
The race has heated up over the last few weeks as both candidates have taken to social media to question their opponent’s stances on issues, careers and records.
8. Graham Local Schools seeking levy
Graham Local School is again asking voters to pass the same levy its residents have rejected twice within the last year.
Graham voters will head to the polls on Nov. 6 to decide whether they are willing to pay a 1 percent earned income tax to help fund the district that leaders say is desperate for the additional funds.
The district cut more than $1.5 million from its budget after voters rejected a 1 percent earned income tax levy in May.
9. Clark County Senior Services asking for more
Clark County Senior Services is asking voters to approve a 1.4 mill additional levy that would cost the owner of a $100,000 home approximately $49 per year.
Senior Services already has a 1 mill levy that is scheduled to expire in a year.
United Senior Services Director Maureen Fagans said the new money would help seniors.
“We’re doing the best we can at meeting the demand for our in-home services, such as providing personal care aides, meal deliveries and transportation, but our resources cannot keep pace with the growing population,” Fagans said. “The fact of the matter is we will not be able to maintain our existing level of service as this population continues to grow without additional funding.”
10. The Mental Health and Recovery Board of Clark, Greene and Madison Counties seek renewal levy
The Mental Health and Recovery Board of Clark, Greene and Madison Counties is asking voters to approve a renewal levy. The levy is 1 mill and accounts for about a quarter of the agency’s budget.
The 10-year, 1.0-mill levy would generate close to $1.9 million in tax revenue each year and the levy would cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $35 annually, said Greta Mayer, CEO of the board. Mayer said the levy represents 25 percent of the board’s total funding for the year.
The board doesn’t directly provide services. Instead, it works with representatives from health care, law enforcement, local government and other entities to determine how best to provide and improve services for the region. Funding is then provided to 11 agencies within the counties to provide a variety of services, including mental health drug and alcohol addiction services for area residents.