Updated: 6:04 p.m. Saturday, April 14, 2012 | Posted: 6:03 p.m. Saturday, April 14, 2012
Races to watch in November
Incumbent Judy Dodge (D) vs. Dave Vore (R) for Montgomery County commission: County Democratic Party Chairman Mark Owens said Dodge “just needs to tell her story,” saying the county is in pretty good shape financially and is planning well for the long term with its MCOFuture Forums. Republican Chairman Rob Scott called Vore a well-known commodity from his time as “a very effective sheriff.” He also criticized the current county commission for not doing more to prevent the departure of NCR.
Ohio House of Representatives seats: Because of redistricting, many candidates are campaigning in areas they have not represented before. Scott singled out incumbent Roland Winburn as a Democrat he hoped to unseat, in a race against Clayton Mayor Joyce Deitering. Winburn’s district loses parts of Dayton, Huber Heights and Riverside, while gaining more Republican areas including Clayton, Preble County and rural parts of western Montgomery County. Owens said the redistricting gives Democrats a better chance in two other districts, citing Huber Heights school board member Carl Fisher’s chances against incumbent Michael Henne, and Oakwood attorney Caroline Gentry’s shot at appointed incumbent Jim Butler.
President and U.S. Senate: Owens said it will be the Obama-Romney for president and Sherrod Brown-Josh Mandel for U.S. Senate races that drive voter turnout. Having the incumbents in both races, Owens said Montgomery County Democrats have already been helping both campaigns with phone banks and other efforts. Scott said local Republicans’ dislike of Obama’s health care and budget policies will motivate the party base. He said county Republicans have a higher number of active precinct captains, which will help drive get-out-the-vote efforts.