Moon, Nenni cruise to wins in Middletown City Council race

The winning candidates for two seats on Middletown City Council both said they were humbled that voters elected them in Tuesday’s election.

Incumbent Vice Mayor Talbott Moon won a second four-year term while newcomer Monica Nenni won her first term on Middletown City Council according to final, unofficial results from the Butler and Warren county boards of elections.

Moon received more than 27 percent of the vote, while Nenni won more than 25 percent of the votes in Butler County. Finishing behind Moon and Nenni were, in order, Levi J. Cramer, Joe Wittman and Perry Davis. Another candidate, John P. Hart II, withdrew from the race late last week. Any votes cast for Hart were not counted, according to officials from the Butler County Board of Elections.

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“I want to thank the voters and I am humbled by their confidence in me,” Moon said. “I’m extremely grateful to serve on council in my hometown and I look forward to working with the new council.”

The Euclid Street resident also welcomed Nenni to city council and congratulated the other candidates for well-run campaigns.

A fifth-generation Middletonian, Moon previously told the Journal-News the most pressing issue facing the city is economic development growth.

“It drives our budget and helps to provide more revenues for additional funding for public safety and streets,” Moon said. “The East End should drive higher-paying job growth. We need to market the area as a whole and a comprehensive growth study will help drive development.”

Moon said as Cincinnati and Dayton continue to grow toward each other, there will be a need for affordable housing. He also said developing workforce development programs will also be critical.

Nenni said she was really humbled by being elected to council and she got to meet a lot people she didn’t know and see many old friends in the community.

“I’m just really excited and I am really humbled that I’m someone that people voted for,” she said.

Nenni, a third-generation Middletonian, is also continuing a family tradition as her father Paul served on the Middletown City Commission from 1991 to 1999.

“Dad was really excited for me,” she said. “It’s not the first time we’ve waited late for election results to come in.”

The North Highview Drive resident said the city’s most pressing issue is attracting new residents and businesses and retaining residents and businesses.

“I think new residents and businesses add to the tax base and allows us to make improvements by continuing that tract of growth,” she said.

Nenni said the city’s new housing and downtown master plans will also help with growing Middletown. She also said one of the first things she would like to do is to better understand the trajectory of the city’s economic development department so that she can better understand how it’s focusing Middletown’s efforts and identifying new opportunities.

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