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‘Super Tuesday’ is March 6

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Local voters will take to the polls Tuesday in the Ohio primary election to choose candidates who will face off in November. Sixty-three convention delegates are up for grabs in the Ohio Republican Presidential primary on “Super Tuesday,” though a slate of other candidates for federal and state offices also seek nomination.

Registered Democrats will decide on candidates in races for the U.S. House of Representatives, Ohio Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, State Central Committee, and the Ohio House. Registered Republicans will vote on contenders for the Republican Presidential nomination, U.S. House and Senate, Ohio Court of Appeals, State Central Committee and Ohio House. There are no local issues on the ballot.

Three Yellow Springs residents will appear as candidates on the Democratic ballot. Sharen Neuhardt seeks nomination for a U.S. House seat while Connie Crockett is running for State Central Committee and Jeff Robertson is unopposed on the Democratic nomination in the State Senate race.

Democrats running for the U.S. Representative nomination in Ohio’s newly-formed 10th congressional district, which covers Montgomery and Greene counties and part of Fayette County, are Neuhardt, a lawyer who is endorsed by the Montgomery County Democratic Party and previously won the nomination in Ohio’s 7th congressional district in 2008 with 37 percent of the vote; Ryan Steele, a 28-year-old pizza delivery worker and recent Wright State University graduate; Mack VanAllen, a retired high school government teacher; Olivia Freeman, who has worked in the military, marketing and human resources; David Esrati, a veteran and small business owner, and Tom McMasters, a retired Air Force officer and adjunct at Sinclair Community College.

Republicans for U.S. Congress are U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, currently serving the 3rd district; John Anderson of Enon, a retired Air Force civilian who spent 35 years at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and Edward Breen of Kettering, a reserve teacher in the Dayton Public Schools who received his teaching certificate from Antioch College.

Republicans will also choose among five contenders for the U.S. Senate to challenge incumbent Senator Sherrod Brown. Candidates are Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel; David Dodt, a retired General Motors journeyman; Donna Glisman, a retired small business owner; Eric Gregory, of Middletown, who has worked in the international health field, and orthopedic surgeon Michael Pryce.

Seeking delegates to send to the Republican National Convention are Presidential candidates Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul. According to a Feb. 28 poll from the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Cincinnati, Santorum leads in Ohio with 37 percent of voters, followed by Romney (26 percent), Gingrich (16) and Paul (11).

There are 292 registered Republicans and 895 registered Democrats in Yellow Springs and Miami Township, along with 3,428 non-partisan voters and 10 registered members of the Green, Libertarian or Socialist parties.


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