Throughout the day, The Thrill will provide updates on yesterday’s elections, including local and statewide issues. The results so far:
- Senate Bill 5, a highly controversial measure to limit collective bargaining rights, has been defeated. This is national news, as the referendum on the bill is seen as a bellwether for Democratic prospects in next year’s elections.
- Issue 3, another measure related to a national Democratic initiative, was also on the ballot yesterday. An Ohio constitutional amendment to preserve the freedom of Ohioans to choose their own healthcare, proposed in opposition to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2009, has passed. The Columbus Dispatch interprets this as Ohioans “voicing their displeasure with the federal health-care law,” but the Dispatch also notes that the amendment is merely symbolic because federal law supersedes state law.
- Another Ohio amendment which dealt with age limits for elected judges, among other unexciting judicial things, has failed. A great blow for octogenarian justices’ rights.
Local measure results and more after the jump.
- Since he was running unopposed, The Thrill feels confident in declaring Kirk Emmert as the next Mayor of the Village of Gambier (he’s also the current mayor, as well as a Kenyon Professor Emeritus of Political Science).
- Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Mavis (D) has been reelected, defeating Jay Maners (R) (Campaign slogan: “This town needs more Maners”).
- The Mount Vernon School Renewal Tax Levy has passed. (Put over-simply: schools can now continue to operate.)
- The College Township Fire Department Tax Levy has passed. (Put over-simply: fires can now continue to be put out.)
- In the Mount Vernon City School Board elections, science has mostly triumphed over creationism. (Cheryl Feasel, Margie Bennett and Jolene Goetzman have been elected, not Stephen Kelly, Jeffrey Cline or Marie Curry. Mount Vernon PAC, concerned school district citizens, supported Bennett, Goetzman and Curry.)
In Columbus news, incumbent Democrat Michael B. Coleman has been reelected to a fourth term as mayor.
Additionally, in national news, an amendment in Mississippi which would have legally defined life as beginning at conception has failed. If the scientifically-dubious measure had passed, several forms of birth control, such as the morning-after pill, could have been declared illegal, and all abortions could have been considered homicides.
The Thrill is grateful to The Columbus Dispatch for their extensive election coverage; check out their full reporting here.