State and county issues
- Published: November 17, 2016
DeWine, Fischer elected to Ohio Supreme Court
Buckeye voters added two Republican justices, Pat DeWine and Pat Fischer, to the state Supreme Court. Statewide, DeWine was elected handily, winning 56 to 44 percent over Democrat Cynthia Rice. The race between Pat Fischer and John P. O’Donnell was much closer across the state, with Republican Fischer eking out a victory of just 0.6 percent. In Greene County, voters elected the two Republicans with gusto, giving Fischer about 64 percent and DeWine about 65 percent, according to unofficial results.
Republican to State School Board, 10th District
Republican Nick Owens won the open seat in the 10th district for the State Board of Education. In Greene county, he bested Democratic challenger Brayden Bevens, 66 to 33 percent. The State Board of Education makes policy for primary and secondary public schools; seven seats on the 19-member board were open this election cycle.
‘Yes’ on levies
Greene County voters threw solid support behind both county levies on the ballot, approving levy renewals for the Greene County Career Center and Greene Memorial Hospital.
Greene County Career Center
A permanent improvement levy renewal for the Greene County Career Center passed handily, 59.5 percent to 40.5 percent, according to unofficial results. The five-year .75 mill levy will provide $2.2 million annually for the Career Center’s vocational training programs.
Greene County Hospital
The renewal of an existing .5 mill levy for Greene County Memorial Hospital also sailed through, passing 62.2 percent to 37.8 percent. The renewal levy will generate about $1.7 million per year for five years for the hospital system, including services at Community Physicians of Yellow Springs.