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Issue 2, the referendum on the controversial Senate Bill 5, appears to have been defeated as voters by a wide margin said no to Republican leaders' effort to curtail the collective bargaining rights of public employees.

SB 5 goes down

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As of about 9 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 8, Issue 2, the state referendum on the controversial SB 5 that drastically curtailed collective bargaining rights for the state’s 360,000 public employees, appears to have been soundly defeated at the polls. The Associated Press called defeat for Issue 5 after 63 percent of the vote, or about 1 million ballots, had been counted.

Senate Bill 5, backed by Ohio Republican leaders and Governor Kasich, had banned strikes for public workers and reduced their collective bargaining power. Opponents of the bill collected signatures to put it a referendum of the bill on the ballot. The Ohio issue was considered significant nationally as a signal regarding the mood of the electorate in response to several Republican state leaders’ efforts to limit collective bargaining.

On the local level, Lori Askeland was the highest vote-getter in the Village Council race, with Gerry Simms second and Rick Walkey third. Incumbent Askeland and Simms will serve four-year terms, and incumbent Walkey will serve a two-year term. Miami Township Trustee incumbent Chris Mucher defeated John Eastman for the township seat. See and the Nov. 10 Yellow Springs News for more details.



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