Williams County voters passed three separate levies to keep vital parts of the community at large up and running.
Each levy will operate for five years, and consists of one-mill. One levy will be used to address the current expenses of the Williams County General Health District. Another shall fund the Williams County Public Library. The third and final levy is to generate revenue for Williams County Senior Citizen’s Services.
The Edon Northwest School District also received some good news on election night. A Permanent Improvement levy for the school passed with nearly seventy percent approval from Edon residents. Said levy is a renewal, rather than a new tax, and will last for five years at 3 mills. According to Superintendent Ed Ewers, the funds will go toward renovating the building’s parking lot, purchasing new buses, and improving playground safety.
There were four township levies on their respective ballots in Fulton County as well. York Township passed a half-mill renovation levy for their Fire Department. Chesterfield Township approved two levies on election day.
They passed a one-mill renovation levy for their Fire Department, and a two-mill renovation levy for roads in the area. Dover Township also voted in favor of a one-mill renovation for their Fire Department as well.
Brian Davis, running for Williams County Commissioner, Deborah Nester, a candidate for County Auditor, and Steven Bird, Probate and Juvenile Court Judge, all won their respective positions, with each running unopposed. Each of the three still earned between seven and eight thousand votes anyway.
In Fulton County, Jeffrey Rupp took the open seat for County Commissioner. The role of County Auditor will be filled by Brett Kolb. Char Lee won the vote for County Treasurer. The Court of Common Pleas will be presided over by Michael Bumb after his victory for the position.
Mike DeWine took down David Peppers by just over 5,000 votes for the job of Ohio Attorney General. In the State Auditor race David Yost won over John Carney by a 4,100 vote margin. Incumbent John Husted maintained his position as Ohio’s Secretary of State, beating Nina Turner by more than 5,000 votes. Josh Mandel will continue to serve as Ohio’s Treasurer, as he defeated Connie Pillich by over 3,000 votes. Meanwhile, Robert McColley will represent the eighty-first district, earning a 3,500 vote victory over John Lymanstall for the state representative position.
Sharon Kennedy and Judi French both kept their seats on the Ohio Supreme Court as well.
Ohioans decided to reelect Republican Governor John Kasich, who won a commanding victory with nearly sixty-four percent of the vote. This reflected a national trend which saw the Grand Old Party not only maintain its lead on the governorships of the country, but gain two more as well, totally 31 states run by the right.
Bob Latta retained his seat as representative for Ohio’s Fifth District, defeating opponent Robert Fry by over 4,500 votes.
In fact, the Republican Party earned several decisive victories in national elections. The GOP will now enjoy control of both The House of Representatives and The Senate. Expanding on their advantage in The House, Republicans gained eleven seats, bringing their number to 244, compared to the Democrats 184. In The Senate, the party of Lincoln took seven new seats to seize control with 52 versus the 46 seats held by our country’s oldest political party.
Alaska and Oregon now count themselves amongst those states allowing the recreational use of marijuana. This doubles the number of states to legalize cannabis, joining Colorado and Washington State. Washington D.C. voters passed a measure that makes possession of marijuana legal, but not the sale of said substance. In Florida, the medical use of marijuana is still illegal, at least for now. Despite Amendment 2 earning fifty-eight percent of the vote, the legislation failed to meet the sixty percent it needed to pass.
Four states elected to raise their minimum wage, including the aforementioned Alaska. Joining The Last Frontier in this push to increase wages were Arkansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Alaskan workers will enjoy a $9.75 minimum wage by 2016, while Nebraskans will see an increase to $9 in that same span. In South Dakota, the change to $8.50 will take place in 2015, while Arkansas will make the same jump in 2017.
Also of note nationally, Berkeley, California became the first city in the United States to enact a tax on soda pop and other sugary beverages.