Butler County Commission candidates set to debate Thursday

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Voter registration deadline for the Nov. 6 election is Oct. 9, 2018.

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The second debate in the Miami University Regionals/Journal-News civic debate series is set for Thursday evening.

Incumbent Butler County Commissioner Cindy Carpenter is being challenged by former Middletown vice mayor Dora Bronston for a seat on the three-person commission. The two will debate at 7 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Miami Downtown Center in Hamilton.

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Carpenter is seeking her third term on the County Commission, and seventh-straight election to a countywide office. Carpenter defeated West Chester Twp. Trustee Lee Wong in the May primary for the Republican nomination.

Bronston, president of the Middletown Branch of the NAACP, lost last November her re-election bid to a second term on Middletown City Council. She was elected to an at-large seat on Middletown City Council in 2013. Bronston ran unopposed in the May primary, winning the Democratic nomination.

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Voter registration and early voting

Ohioans have until Oct. 9 to register to vote in the Nov. 6 general election, which features many contested key races, including governor every Ohio House seat and 17 Ohio Senate seats.

Four Statehouse seats represent portions of Butler County, which include the 51st, 52nd, 53rd and 54th Ohio House districts. The 7th Ohio Senate District, which is also up for election this fall, represents a small portion of eastern Butler County.

Voters can register to vote online at MyOhioVote.com/VoterRegistration. Forms can be downloaded from MyOhioVote.com and mailed or delivered to the county board of elections office.

Early voting begins on Oct. 10.