Paul McKibben reports:
With one contested race, Warren County Republicans maintained complete control of county government in Tuesday’s general election.
With 92 percent of precincts reporting, Warren County Court Judge Donald Oda II was leading Libertarian Roger Staton, 64 percent to 36 percent, in unofficial preliminary results for Common Pleas Court judge. The seat is held by Neal Bronson, who is retiring.
Republicans who didn’t face opposition were Commissioner Dave Young, Commissioner Pat South, Clerk of Court James Spaeth, Coroner Russell Uptegrove, Engineer Neil Tunison, Prosecutor David Fornshell, Recorder Linda Oda, Sheriff Larry Sims, Treasurer James Aumann and County Court Judge Joseph Kirby.
In the contested race for a seat on the 12th District Court of Appeals, Judge Michael Powell was leading attorney Raymond Lembke of Clermont County’s Pierce Township, 79 percent to 21 percent.
Powell will fulfill the rest of the late Rachel Hutzel’s term through February 2017. Hutzel died in August. Gov. John Kasich earlier had appointed Powell to the seat.
The district is comprised of Butler, Warren, Clermont, Preble, Clinton, Brown, Fayette and Madison counties.
A proposed charter amendment to fund fire and emergency medical services was leading in Mason, 73 percent to 27 percent, with 92 percent of precincts in.
The income tax hike would affect employees at key employers that have facilities in Mason, such as Procter & Gamble and Cintas. An estimated 21,000 people work in the city, which is home to more than 1,100 businesses.