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Home / Articles / News / Election NEWS /  Eliason and county tax issues heading toward victory
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Tuesday, November 2,2010

Eliason and county tax issues heading toward victory

Phillips wins Ohio House race; Space, Wilson lose congressional seats

Lenny Eliason

Photo Caption: Lenny Eliason
With 100 percent of Athens County's precincts reporting, as of 9:45, Lenny Eliason easily defeated Republican challenger Matt Gaiser for Athens County Commissioner.

Eliason, the Democratic incumbent, had 64 percent of the votes to Gaiser's 36 percent (10,291 to 5,735) in unofficial returns. The election had a relatively low turnout of 33 percent.

All three county tax levies were winning easily: Issue 1 (Athens County Children Services) 69 percent yes votes; Issue 2 (Beacon-ATCO) 69 percent yes votes; and Issue 3 (Emergency Medical Services) 72 percent.

The Athens street improvement levy won easily with 65 percent of the votes.

In the 92nd House District, incumbent state Rep. Debbie Phillips, D-Athens, defeated GOP challenger Mike Hunter of Athens. In Athens County, Phillips overwhelmed Hunter, 10,354 to 5,460. However, she had lost in the other three counties (2,081 to Hunter's 2,433 in Morgan County, 2,575 to 3,959 in Washington County, and 3,042 to 3,726 in Meigs County. Fortunately for Phillips, the landslide in her home county was enough to make up for losing elsewhere.

The unofficial count was 18,052 for Phillips, 15,578 for Hunter, and 954 for Green Party candidate Ty Collinswort (who virtually disappeared from sight after filing for election last winter).

Phillips' victory is a rare Democratic victory in a statewide Republican slaughter, including possibly every statewide seat, including the governor's office, and both congressional seats affecting Athens County. The Ohio News Network around 10:15 p.m. projected Republican Bob Gibbs as the victor over incumbent U.S. Rep. Zack Space, D-Dover (54-40 percent). The 18th District includes parts of northern Athens County.

U.S. Rep. Charlie Wilson, D-St. Clairsville, also appeared to be going down in defeat to Republican challenger, Bill Johnson, in the 6th District (which includes the city of Athens and most of Athens County). The only counties where Wilson was winning were Athens and Monroe.

A short two months ago, nobody was giving the Republicans a chance to pick up these congressional seats.


 

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Thanks for keeping us informed, Terry!

 

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More liberal stupitity-tax increases all around. Moron liberals.

 

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Toast,


Need some cheese for that whine? Glad you're such a progressive thinker.

 

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"Toast" is correct.  Athens always blindly approves tax levies (or should I say the OU students who have no business voting in local politics when they're not even residents of Athens blindly approve the levies).  The tax burden of Athens residents is unparalleled, and it does a lot to stifle local business development and the overall well-being of county residents.


The term "progressive" has been highjacked to mean liberal.  The true meaning of progressive is "favoring improvement".  Tax increases are not necessarily an improvement.  In the case of Athens, a tax increase is anything but an improvement, which would mean it is the opposite of progressive.  Could that mean, then, that the true progressives in Athens County are conservative voters?


As for students of Ohio University, PLEASE stop following the democrat herd on campus and THINK FOR YOURSELF!  Either that, or do the right thing and vote absentee in the district of your permanent address.

 

 

 
 
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