November 5, 2013
Wayne Allen & Bob Strickley
PDT Staff Writers
As of Tuesday afternoon, the Scioto County Board of Elections said the election is running smoothly and no problems have been reported from any voting locations.
Officials with the Board of Elections are estimating an 18-21 percent voter turnout based on early numbers.
Several issues are facing voters today including the decision of whether or not to renew Scioto County Tuberculosis Clinic levy and the Senior Citizens levy. Both entities are dependent on sustained support from the county’s taxpayers.
Also facing voters is Portsmouth are a pair of charter amendments meant to clarify the language and improve aspects of the City Charter.
Elections from around Ohio:
Veteran politicians vie to be Cincinnati mayor
CINCINNATI — Voters in Cincinnati are choosing Tuesday between two veteran local leaders to serve as mayor for the next four years.
Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls and former City Councilman John Cranley both have been strong vote-getters in past elections. The candidates in the nonpartisan race have clashed sharply on two major city plans.
Cranley, 39, wants to halt streetcar construction and is against a plan to outsource city parking. He says that there won’t be funding available for the streetcar in the future, and that the city would see more benefits from highway, bridge and other infrastructure work. The attorney thinks the parking plan is short-sighted and gives up too much in the future.
Qualls, 60, a real estate agent who served as mayor in the 1990s, favors both plans. She contends the streetcar will boost residential and economic growth, bringing more visitors to the city, and the plan to lease city meters and garages will bring a jolt of up-front revenues and continuing income.
Both Harvard-educated candidates have run unsuccessfully for Congress in the past as Democrats. Mayor Mark Mallory, also a Democrat, is term-limited after eight years.
Hamilton County elections officials predicted good voter turnout, with nice weather forecast after a high-profile campaign.
“Not only are there lively Cincinnati races, but we are going to have beautiful weather,” said Amy Searcy, director of Hamilton County’s board of elections. She expected a turnout rate of 35 percent to 40 percent.
Nine city council members will also be elected Tuesday.
The outcomes will affect not just the city’s nearly 300,000 residents, but people in nearby communities in southwest Ohio, northern Kentucky and southeast Indiana with residents who work here, have business ties and visit to see the sports teams and other attractions.
Cleveland’s mayor seeks 3rd term, faces fellow Dem
CLEVELAND — Mayor Frank Jackson’s campaign for a third term has centered on Cleveland’s resurgence downtown and in a few neighborhoods, while his challenger has pointed out that many are still suffering in one of the nation’s poorest cities.
Jackson and businessman Ken Lanci, both Democrats, were the only candidates to enter Cleveland’s mayoral race this year, and avoided a fall primary to advance directly to Tuesday’s general election.
Jackson, 67, is a veteran politician in Cleveland, first elected to the city council in 1989 before being elected mayor eight years ago. He won his second four-year term by a landslide in 2009, getting three-fourths of the vote.
Lanci, 63, is a printing house mogul who lost out on a bid for the new Cuyahoga County executive job in 2010. Democrat Ed FitzGerald, now a candidate for governor, won that race.
Jackson, who is better known than his challenger, has maintained that the city is poised for growth and points to an increasing number of downtown residential units along with a new convention center and medical technology exhibit hall.
He said city services and taxes have been stable and that his stewardship helped the city come through the recession on a positive note.
Lanci, who has pumped more than $400,000 into his campaign, has accused the mayor of favoring downtown business interests over working-class, ethnic neighborhoods.
Lanci has won the police union endorsement, promising to fire the chief if elected. He has made anti-crime vigils a staple of his campaign.
2 Democrats compete for mayor in SW Ohio city
DAYTON, Ohio — Dayton voters are choosing between two Democrats with years of local political experience in the southwest Ohio city’s nonpartisan mayoral race.
City Commissioner Nan Whaley and former county judge A.J. Wagner claimed the top two spots in the May primary runoff election that pitted them against current Mayor Gary Leitzell. Leitzell was eliminated after finishing third.
Whaley and Wagner stress the need for job growth but differ on how to achieve it. Whaley says Dayton has made progress and wants to build on some plans already in place to help attract businesses and resulting obs. Wagner says major change is needed.
Whaley has been a commissioner for eight years. Wagner served as a judge in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court and as county auditor.
Polls close at 7:30 p.m.
Pair of independents seek Toledo mayor’s office
TOLEDO, Ohio — Toledo’s mayor is making a bid for another term against a wave of backlash over his support of Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s attempt to limit the bargaining ability of public union employees.
Political independent Mike Bell is seeking a second term Tuesday against independent city councilman D. Michael Collins.
Collins is a retired police officer who has the backing of several labor unions in the state’s fourth-largest city.
Bell is a former state fire marshal who has the support of many business groups in Toledo. But he drew the ire of organized labor by speaking out in favor of Kasich’s proposal to set new minimum contributions for public employee health care and retirement benefits.
Ohio voters rejected the collective bargaining law two years ago.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.