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Forest Hills Journal (Newspaper) - June 6, 1980, Cincinnati, OhioVol. 20 no. 8 Friday june 4,1980 single copy 15 cents c a to que pc Ltd Subu by Quot it it a a Ine a Bihli it it very vote counts workers at the Hamilton county Board of elections tally votes received for the different candidates and issues during tuesday night s hectic activity. The night saw passage of seven school levies across the county As Well As several interesting races among candidates. Journal photo Macconnell. Editorial a time for rejoicing Many residents in the it. Washington area today Are joining others in the Cincinnati school District in rejoicing Over tuesdays school tax Levy the first one to pass in 11 years. ,. Certainly they have reason to be Happy. The win by a whopping 55 percent majority was accompanied by a clean sweep of victories in All other school Money issues across Hamilton county including the renewal of the great Oaks joint vocations school District Levy. This indicates to us that the tide is finally turning towards local financial support for schools. But the school boards and administrators in these districts must not be fooled with the flush of tuesdays achievements. The Cincinnati tax Levy passed mainly because there was a genuine grassroots Campaign that involved hundreds or thousands of concerned residents. The local school reached out for the vote of those without any children in the school system the majority of the residents and they did it Well. Undoubtedly the grass roots organizations that sprang up throughout the City school District will be kept at least somewhat intact. The should be continuing to be helpful to the schools in not Only getting the work hit about levies but in other areas. We Salute All who saw the need and did what they could to pass the vital Levy. Now lets get on with restoring Cincinnati school systems role in top drawer Educa to on. Cincinnati school District officials and supporters had much reason to celebrate after tuesday s election when the 7.43 emergency tax Levy for the schools poised handily. The first school Levy to pass since 1969, the tax received the votes of. 47,300 Cincinnat ians while 37,418 voted against it. In percentages that Breaks Down to 55.83 percent in favor of the Levy and 44.16 opposed. Voters in it. Washington precincts were exactly split in the Levy vote according to Robert w. Uth Deputy director of the Board of elections. He said 1,465 voters declared in favor of the tax while the same number voted against it. Of the 14 it. Washington precincts he said seven favored the Levy and seven opposed it. It. Washington has historically been a difficult area in which to pass a Cincinnati school tax. First Ward precincts by a go r and s voted for the Levy while precincts of i in a t and v voted the Levy Down uth said. At the Hamilton county Board of elections the first returns of the night the Absentee reports showed the Levy failing by 1,417 votes to 1,361 votes. With the first of the regular voting precincts counted however the votes in favor of the Levy pulled ahead by a 1,501-vote margin. As subsequent results came in school Board members at the election Board became visibly More excited As the Levy never again fell behind. Voter turnout in Hamilton county was Low according to director of the Board of elections Elvera Radford. Levy supporters Felt the Low turnout benefited their cause. Of 474,533 registered voters in the county 183,463 ballots were cast. The 38.66 percent turnout was a flow even for a primary election Quot Radford said. She said she had originally guessed about 175,000 voters would take part in the election and said that estimate was intentionally Low. Doug. Shear chairman of the it. Washington school Levy committee said the Low turnout probably helped the Levy Castle. A the people who came out to vote were probably the ones who really care a he said heard that Many people mentioned particularly to the poll workers that they came just to vote for the Shear who has a child in kindergarten at it. Washington school and who teaches american history at Peoples Junior High school in Hyde Park said the Levy win has Given the entire school system a new life. �?o1 can really see a difference in the feelings the staff has Here at my building a Shear said. A it has Given the teachers and the rest of the people involved in the schools a new sense of Shear guessed that several things helped the Levy passage in the it. Washington area. Quot i think people showed a personal interest in the Levy. Person to person Contact was very important. Any time you can get a feeling of personal touch in something like this it helps Quot he said. Outside forces also were involved in the passage of the Levy Shear said. He said the principals of guardian Angel school and me Nicholas High school both sent personal letters in support of the Levy Home with students which helped a great Deal Quot he also praised the area business Community churches and the parents of students at it. Washington and Eastern Hills schools. A the parents worked hard with us and helped us a lot a sheaf said. A surprising As it May sound they Are not always a guaranteed vote. The continued to Page a-6 it. Washington school served triple duty tuesday. It served its regular duty As a school. It served As a polling place where John o Brien and James Mergler simultaneous to asked voters for support for their 6.�th House District race. But it also served As a reminder of the important Cincinnati school Levy on the City ballot. Journal photo Macconnell. Of Brien takes Republican nomination by Brian Mayconnell staff writer John of Brien Defeated James Wilton Mergler in tuesdays primary Battle for the Republican nomination to run in november for the seat in the Ohio House of representatives from the 65th District. Of Brien who was endorsed by the Hamilton county Republican party unofficially received 7,280 votes to Mergler spark Levy loses in close vote in Hamilton county a closest vote of tuesday s election a .62 Mill tax Levy for the Anderson township Park District failed by 30 votes according to unofficial final results. Voters in the township turned Down the Levy by a vote of 3,260 to 3,230 or .47 of a percent. The first returns of the evening at the Hamilton county Board of elections Absentee ballot results showed the Levy being rejected by 86 of 149 voters or 57.71 percent. After the earliest returns the race for and against the Levy became Ever More tight throughout the night until the final 30 y ote margin of defeat. Park Board member Thomas Gaier had said before the election that the Board needed the Levy to increase Layfield space in the township to develop planned Parks and to Purchase new land for use As Parks. After the final results of the vote Board member David Dumbacher said he was a highly disappointed Quot by the decision of the voters. A we obviously would have liked to see the Levy pass but i Don t know anything about the possibility of checking into the results. 1 would say there is Only a slim Chance of us asking for a recount or a Check into the results from Absentee ballots or something along those lines Quot he said. Dumbacher stressed that he had not conferred with Gaier and Jon Schnieder the third Board member about the results of the vote. A Well have to discuss it at our next meeting Quot Dumbacher said. A it would be premature for me to say anything now about a course of action we might the downfall of the tax Levy Dumbacher said May have been the fact that it was not publicized Well enough. He said hey Neighb or i la be stopping by your place within the next couple Days collecting for my services of delivering you the journal. 1 sure Hope you la make my Job Complete by being a paid subscriber and help me in competing for a trip to Kings Island for me and my Friend. Wont you please consider on helping me. I really would appreciate it. Thanks so much your Carrier the Board May have decided too late to put the Issue on the ballot. A part of the problem i think was that we made our decision too late a Dumbacher said. Quot we did t have much time to promote the Levy especially with sports groups. We kind of took a Chance because the climate seemed right but apparently people were feeling anti tax. We just did t get the message the Park Board s timing for putting the Issue on the ballot Quot seemed perfect Quot Dumbacher said. Since there were no other Anderson township or Forest Hills school District levies on tuesday s ballot he said the Board thought it would be a Good time to include the Park Levy. A if we look at the possibility of putting another Levy on an upcoming ballot we will have to coordinate with other possible levies. We could Hurt their chances and they could Hurt ours Quot Dumbacher said. One of the main reasons the i it Oard wanted the passage of the Levy was to begin construction for the proposed Forest Road Park. The Board had earlier received a Grant from the . Department of natural resources for the Park but those funds were postponed in Federal budget cutting efforts since the Cost of completion of the Park is constantly rising the Federal Grant would no longer cover the Park construction costs. Dumbacher said the Levy c continued to Page a-6 3,326 in the 145-precinct District. Of Brien received 5,210 votes in Hamilton county and 2,070 votes in Clermont county. Mergler received 2,246 votes in Hamilton county with 1,080 in the 64-precinct Clermont county Section of the District. The win by of Brien who is employed by the University of Cincinnati foundation allows him to run against Democrat Kevin Veeneman in the november general election. O Brien who has been an Anderson township trustee for seven years and is currently the Board president has the advantage in november of being the gop candidate in the historically Republican voting District. The District includes parts of Hyde Park in Cincinnati at its westernmost Point and extends East to include Miami and Union townships in Clermont county. Mergler conceded the race by 11 ., after it became apparent that o Brien s total of just under 70 percent of the vote could not be overcome. The first vote reports of the evening at the Hamilton county Board of elections included Only Absentee ballots and were distributed As computer print outs when the polls closed at 7 30 At that time of Brien held his Slimmest Lead of the evening with 57.20 percent of the Absentee votes when the second print out was distributed to members of the press at about 9 45 ., of Brien had 60.58 percent of the vote and his percentages Rose through the remainder of the evening to Over 70 percent until the last report with All 81 Hamilton county precincts in the 65th District reporting o Brien finally received 69.87 percent of the vote according to the 1 30 . Printout. O Brien said he was not surprised by the results of the primary race. A needless to say i m very pleased with the results of the election but i m not really surprised by the outcome a he said. A i figured to score very Well and with the very Active Campaign waged by my opponent i figured a 2-1 margin would be while conceding the race Mergler said he had found 1,000 of his Campaign signs in his Yard tuesday morning and said Quot during this race i lost All respect for John. Quite a few of my signs came Down and i think i know who did it. It was someone on the Republican party payroll. I done to think its right to use taxpayers Money to tear Down of Brien denied that members of his Campaign organization removed any Mergler signs saying Quot i would t condone anything like that and i would find it impossible to believe that anyone in my organization would do that. I work a clean Mergler also said he had received harassing Telephone Calls during his Campaign and o Brien said a again no one on my Campaign would have anything to do with that. A a looking Forward to his race in november against Democrat Kevin Veeneman who ran unopposed in the primary of Brien said the Campaign experience of the primary will help his november Campaign. A i plan to broaden the Campaign especially in Clermont county. When we get results and break Downs of the vote in different areas Well find the1 Strong and weak Points of the race. I did no to get into this for fun. 1 plan to run Well in november and win that race continued to Page a-6 a fast Sale mrs. ., Anderson township was moving last month and had a considerable amount of furniture to sell. So like Many other area women she placed an and in the journal classified Section a moving must sell 8 pc. Dining room suite Walnut $225. 4 pc. White twin bedroom $175. Couch and Loveseat red velvet 3 pc Matching tables and lamps 2 Matching oversized chairs. No reasonable offer refused 231-0000.&Quot in an unsolicited note accompanied her payment the woman said Quot everything was sold by 7 30 That a i sure would heartily recommended the journal for advertising Quot she added. Thank you mrs. Many Are getting similar results whether they want to sell furniture or buy a stereo. Try the journal classifieds today. Call 528-1111 and a helpful advisor will be glad to assist you in wording the and. And Well be glad to Bill you. This weekend in Forest Hills Anderson track Star Lisa Graham set a new state record in the girls aaa state meet in Ohio state University a Buckeye stadium. Lisa ran a 400-meter in 55.9 seconds to set the new record. See Page a-13 for details. Churches Datebook a-4 a-5 Fine lines sports the Ohio department of natural resources has some ideas for inexpensive getaways at Ohio state Parks see Page a 9 for the vacation ideas. Forest Hills journal 564 Batavia Pike Cincinnati Ohio 45244 528-1111 saturation coverage of Anderson township it. Washington Newtown California every tuesday and Friday. Circulation audited by ill verified mgt m he a Aulaff Cincinnati passes school Levy
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