Races set up, Issues decided in Tuesday's Primary

posted by Scott Jennings -

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--Voters across Ohio Tuesday decided numerous issues, and set up some major races in the Buckeye State this November.

In the primaries for Governor, Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine fought off a challenge from Lieutenant-Governor Mary Taylor to secure the GOP nomination. 

For the Democrats, Richard Cordray emerged from a field of four candidates to advance to the general election in November. Cordray is the former Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Cordray and DeWine will actually be facing off again--they were the top candidates in the race for Ohio Attorney General back in 2010, with DeWine winning that round.

Another contentious race in central Ohio was the one to take the Congressional seat vacated by Pat Tiberi earlier this year. The GOP primary was won by State Senator Troy Balderson, who had Tiberi's endorsement.

He fought off a challenge from Melanie Leneghan, who had support from more hard-line conservatives like congressman Jim Jordan.

Franklin County Recorder Danny O'Connor was the winner of the democratic primary for that seat, setting up the matchup with Balderson this November.

The race for US Senate this fall will have Congressman Jim Renacci facing off against incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown. Renacci won the GOP primary against political newcomer Mike Gibbons.

As for the issues, voters across Ohio easily passed an issue to reform the way the buckeye state's congressional districts are drawn. Issue one passed by an overwhelming margin on Tuesday, after two previous attempts to reform the process failed. 

It now gives the minority party more say in how the districts are laid out, preventing gerrymandering. 

In Columbus, voters approved a reform of the makeup of city council, which includes adding two more seats, and dividing the city into districts. Beginning in 2024, there will be nine total members of council, and a commission will work on setting the district boundaries in the meantime.

Gahanna-Jefferson school officials are thanking voters for their support.  The district's request to raise taxes passed yesterday with 62-percent of the vote.  

A levy would continue to fund the district's operations, while a bond issue will pay for construction of a new elementary school.  

Meantime, the Licking County village of Alexandria will remain intact after voters overwhelmingly voted against a ballot question that would have dissolved the community.


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