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2012 Election Results

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Voter turnout
In total 2,937 Yellow Springs voters, or nearly 80 percent of those registered (94.6 percent in precinct 443), cast ballots on Tuesday. In Miami Township 977 voters, or 88 percent, turned out for representation.

Though the voting totals included 100 percent of the unofficial vote, as of Wednesday morning just over 2,443 provisional and absentee ballots county-wide were still uncounted. Official results won’t be available until Nov. 21, according to Greene County Board of Elections Deputy Director Llyn McCoy.

Precinct key:
Yellow Springs
Precinct 440, on the north edge of the village, includes most houses north of Dayton Street.

Precinct 441, the west-center portion of the village, includes residences west of High Street and south of Dayton Street, and a small number of homes north of Dayton and east of Wright Street.

Precinct 442 covers the center of Yellow Springs; it includes homes east of High, south of Dayton and north of Herman Streets.

Precinct 443 is the south end of the village, and includes residences south of Herman Street.

Miami Township
Precinct 455 is the eastern portion of Miami Township and includes residences east of Meredith Road, SR 343 and Grinnell Road.
Precinct 456 is the western part of the township, and includes homes west of Meredith Road, SR 343 and Grinnell Road.

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U.S. President | (back to top)

Yellow Springs and Miami Township did its part on Tuesday to help carry Ohio and return President Barack Obama to the Whitehouse for another four years. According to the Greene County’ Board of Election’s unofficial final results on Wednesday morning, local voters together gave Obama and vice-presidential running mate Joseph Biden a 2,695-vote push toward their win this week, with all precincts favoring the current president except for Township precinct 455, which sided with Romney.

Though the story was different in Greene County, where Romney and running mate Paul Ryan was favored with 48,683 votes to Obama’s 31,028, the state as a whole swung toward the Democratic incumbent to tip 2.6 million votes for Obama, over Romney’s 2.5 million.

Local voters also gave third party and independent candidates a nod, with a total of 33 votes for Stewart Alexander, Richard Duncan, Virgil Goode, Gary Johnson and Jill Stein, combined.

Votes by Y.S. and Miami Twp. precinct:
440: Obama, 622; Romney, 68
441: Obama, 498; Romney, 40
442: Obama, 535; Romney, 33
443: Obama, 525; Romney, 80
455: Romney, 222; Obama, 165
456: Obama, 293; Romney, 152

County Levy | (back to top)

Issue 22: Greene County Mental Health Levy Renewal
A Greene County Mental Health levy renewal passed with sixty percent of the county-wide vote. The 1.5-mill, 10-year levy will continue paying for mental health services in the county. The levy will generate $4.4 million annually for the Greene County Mental Health and Recovery Board for Clark, Greene and Madison counties. In Yellow Springs and Miami Township, 2,590 voters, seventy-seven percent, supported the levy, while 598, twenty-three percent, opposed it. In Greene County, 39,092 people voted for the measure, while 26,326 voted against it.

Votes by Y.S. and Miami Twp. precincts:
440: For, 582; Against 102,
441: For, 443; Against 93,
442: For, 483; Against, 76
443: For, 524; Against 65
455: For, 235; Against 148
456: For, 323; Against, 114

School Levy | (back to top)

Issue 19
Two-thirds of Yellow Springs voters supported a new local school district property tax levy. The 7.4-mill emergency levy, which will bring in an additional $915,000 per year to the district over the next five years, was passed with 67 percent of the vote, with 1,901 district voters approving the measure and 929 rejecting it (The Yellow Springs school district includes the Village and parts of Miami Township).

School leaders put the measure on the ballot to avoid an operating deficit. While the local levy was passed with overwhelming support, levies failed in most Dayton area school districts this election, including in nearby Fairborn, Xenia and Beavercreek. The last Yellow Springs Schools levy to be approved, a 2010 8.3 mill renewal, won with 75 percent of the vote.

Votes by Y.S. and Miami Twp. precincts:
440: For, 460 Against, 225
441: For, 368; Against, 172
442: For, 422; Against, 136
443: For, 411; Against, 177
455: For, 24; Against, 9
456: For, 214; Against, 203

State Issues | (back to top)

Issue 1
Greene County voters rejected Issue 1, which called for a constitutional convention in Ohio, by a margin 68 to 32. Statewide, Issue 1 failed by the same margin, while locally it failed 63 to 37. The measure, which legally must be on the ballot every 20 years, has never passed in its 80-year history.

Votes by Y.S. and Miami Twp. precincts:
440: No, 352; Yes, 253
441: No, 299; Yes, 163
442: No, 283; Yes, 210
443: No, 309; Yes, 195
455: No, 248; Yes, 102
456: No, 264; Yes, 123

Issue 2
Though Yellow Springs and Miami Township voters supported Issue 2, which proposed a new legislative and congressional redistricting process, with 70 percent of the vote, the measure only won 32 percent of the vote in Greene County and 36 percent statewide. Issue 2 passed locally 2,107 to 896 while failing statewide 2,920,450 to 1,666,192.

Votes by Y.S. and Miami Twp. precincts:
440: Yes, 501; No, 149
441: Yes, 372; No, 125
442: Yes, 432; No, 95
453: Yes, 422; No, 131
455: Yes, 145; No, 220
456: Yes, 235; No, 176

U.S. representative, 10th district | (back to top)

While Tuesday night’s results waffled for a bit in the race for 10th district U.S. representative, Yellow Springs’ own Sharen Swartz Neuhardt could not muster enough support to unseat incumbent Republican Mike Turner. Even in a newly made district 10, Turner grabbed nearly 194,000 votes to Neuhardt’s 117,700 statewide. Turner had an even wider lead in Greene County, with 52,704 votes to Neuhardt’s 24,136.

But Yellow Springs and the local township came through for Neuhardt, with all precincts handily favoring the Democrat. Just Miami Township precinct 455 favored Turner.

Mike Turner was elected to Congress in 2002 and served two terms as mayor of Dayton, where he is a life-long resident. In office, he supported legislative efforts to reduce the tax burden on families and small businesses and eliminate regulations for industry.

Votes by Y.S. and Miami Twp. precincts:
440: Neuhardt, 607; Turner, 69; Harlow, 33
441: Neuhardt, 482; Turner, 54; Harlow, 13
442: Neuhardt, 513; Turner, 39; Harlow, 18
443: Neuhardt, 510; Turner, 83; Harlow, 16
455: Turner, 230; Neuhardt, 146; Harlow, 12
456: Neuhardt, 280; Turner, 153; Harlow, 11

U.S. Senate | (back to top)

In Ohio’s race for U.S. Senator, Democratic incumbent Sherrod Brown edged ahead of Republican challenger Josh Mandel to cinch a second term. Though Greene County voters wanted a different story, voting in large favor for current State Treasurer Mandel, who received 57 percent of the vote, or 45,852 votes to Brown, who got 31,136 counts of support. Independent challenger Scott A. Rupert shaved off 3,037 for himself as well.

In Yellow Springs and Miami Township, Brown voters overwhelmingly supported the Democratic incumbent, who garnered 2,628 votes to Mandel’s 573. Rupert received 78 votes.
During his first term in Congress Brown voted for the auto industry rescue, fought Senate Bill 5 that limited teachers unions, and worked to stop what he calls China’s “illegal currency manipulation that’s hurting our middle class and costing Ohio jobs.”

Votes by Y.S. and Miami Twp. precinct:
440: Brown, 627; Mandel, 63; Rupert, 18
441: Brown, 495; Mandel, 40; Rupert, 13
442: Brown, 530; Mandel, 33; Rupert, 15
443: Brown, 524; Mandel, 74 Rupert, 11
455: Mandel, 213; Brown, 165; Rupert, 14
456: Brown, 287; Mandel, 150; Rupert, 7

Ohio House of Representatives, 73rd district | (back to top)

Republican Rick Perales won the Ohio House race in the 73rd district with a 65 percent of vote, defeating Democratic contender Bill Connor, who only won 35 percent of the district’s vote. However, in Yellow Springs Connor smoked Perales, winning 80 percent of the vote. Locally he gained 2,512 votes to Perales’ 626.

Comparatively, Perales, currently a Greene County commissioner, won the county by a slightly smaller margin of 64–36, garnering 34,384 votes to Connor’s 19,532. The 73rd district includes the municipalities of Yellow Springs, Fairborn, Beavercreek and Bellbrook.

Votes by Y.S. and Miami Twp. precinct:
440: Connor, 607; Perales, 71
441: Connor, 479; Perales, 51
442: Connor, 508; Perales, 46
443: Connor, 494; Perales, 85
455: Perales, 222; Connor, 153
456: Connor, 271; Perales, 151

Ohio Senate, 10th District | (back to top)

First-time candidate Jeff Robertson, of Yellow Springs, lost to Republican incumbent Chris Widener for a seat on the Ohio Senate in the 10th district. Robertson, a Democrat, came away with just 38 percent of the vote to Widener’s 62 percent across the district, which includes Greene, Clark and Madison counties. Robertson lost the vote in Greene County alone by an even greater margin of 64–36. In the county, Robertson got 27,063 votes, while Widener secured 48,850.

But Robertson carried his hometown of Yellow Springs by 79 percent, garnering 2,500 votes in the village and Miami Township to Widener’s 678.

Votes by Y.S. and Miami Twp. precinct:
440: Robertson, 605; Widener, 80
441: Robertson, 480; Widener, 63
442: Robertson, 511; Widener, 40
443: Robertson, 501; Widener, 91
455: Widener, 243; Robertson, 135
456: Robertson, 268; Widener, 161

Ohio Supreme Court | (back to top)

Court Justices
For the term expiring Dec. 2014, Ohio Supreme Court incumbent Yvette McGee Brown was handily unseated by challenger Sharon Kennedy in both the state and Greene County, where Kennedy garnered 42,372 votes to Brown’s 17,070. While Brown focused on child advocacy during her tenure, Kennedy, who has a law enforcement background, promised not to legislate from the bench.

For the Supreme Court term expiring Jan. 2, 2013, incumbent Robert Cupp was also unseated by a slimmer margin in Ohio by challenger William O’Neill. Though in Greene County, Cupp was favored with 33,745 votes to O’Neill’s 25,235. O’Neill is a retired Court of Appeals Judge, a retired Army Officer, and currently works as a pediatric nurse at the Cleveland Clinic.

For the term expiring Jan. 1, 2013, statewide, winner Terrence O’Donnell had two votes to Mike Skindell’s one, and he did even better in Greene County with 42,202 votes to Skindell’s 15,661. O’Donnell has previously been a judge on the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court and the Eighth District Court of Appeals.

Second District Court of Appeals | (back to top)

Carley Ingram was narrowly defeated by Jeffery Welbaum for a place on the bench of the Second District Court of Appeals, losing the vote 54 percent to 46 percent. In Greene County, Ingram lost by a slightly larger margin of 56–44. Ingram garnered 25,436 to Welbaum’s 32,791. Welbaum is currently the chief of the criminal justice section of the Ohio Attorney General’s office.

Greene County Recorder | (back to top)

Republican Eric C. Sears was re-elected to a second term, defeating Democratic contender and Yellow Springs resident Martin Borchers by a solid margin. Sears, a Beavercreek resident, garnered 47,587 votes, sixty-five percent of ballots cast, to Borcher’s 25,080 votes, thirty-five percent of total ballots cast.

A 1973 graduate of Wright State University with a degree in business administration, Sears spent 25 years working with recorder offices in Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky as a private real estate title examiner prior to first being elected recorder in 2008.

Greene County Sheriff | (back to top)

Incumbent Sheriff Gene Fischer was reelected to a third term, decisively defeating his opponent Charles Barrett. Fischer received 55,843 votes (seventy-nine percent) to Barrett’s 14,980 (twenty-one percent). Fischer was first appointed sheriff in 2003. In November 2004, he was elected to the position and took office the following January. He was reelected in 2008.

State Board of Education, 10th District | (back to top)

Republican Jeff Hardin held onto his seat on the state board of education, fending off a challenge from Democrat Todd Book in the 10th district, a 17-county district in southwest Ohio. In Greene County Hardin won with 71 percent of the vote. Book, however, carried Yellow Springs and Miami Township, with 53 percent of the vote. Locally, 963 people voted for Book compared to 832 for Hardin.

Votes by Y.S. and Miami Twp. precinct:
440: Book, 216; Hardin, 156
441: Book, 181; Hardin, 123
442: Book, 160; Hardin, 116
453: Book, 219; Hardin, 135
455: Hardin, 166; Book, 67
456: Hardin, 136; Book, 120


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