Wortham wins GOP Montgomery County commission race

Jordan Wortham (left) and Rennes Bowers (right) are running in the May primary to compete for a Montgomery County Commission seat in November.

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Jordan Wortham (left) and Rennes Bowers (right) are running in the May primary to compete for a Montgomery County Commission seat in November.

Democrat Angelina Jackson wins in county judge seat race.

Jordan Wortham on Tuesday finished with a slight edge over Rennes Bowers in the GOP primary race for Montgomery County commissioner, according to unofficial Board of Election results.

Wortham, who worked for the Dayton Police Department for seven years, finished with just over 50 percent vote compared to 49 percent for Bowers, who worked for the Dayton Fire Department for 30 years.

Wortham will run against Democratic incumbent Carolyn Rice in November.

Wortham said business development, removing red tape and making government services more efficient would be his top priorities if elected.

“I am a fiscal conservative, former police officer, and businessman who is ready to fight for American prosperity and freedom,” Wortham said. “I worked the frontlines as a patrolman protecting the Constitution. I have a unique understanding of government efficiencies and inefficiencies. In business, I made tough decisions to improve profitability and job creation within American companies.”

Bowers said leading up to the election that his priorities will be to create good jobs, control spending and build a culture of accountability and transparency for children and human services. He said situations like the one Takoda Collins’ faced should never happen again.

Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge

Meanwhile, Democrats Angelina Jackson and Jacqueline Gaines were running for a chance to become a judge on the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.

Jackson came out ahead Tuesday with 63% of the vote. Gaines finished with 36%, according to the unofficial results from the Montgomery County Board of Elections.

Jackson will now compete in November against Robert Hanseman for a six-year term.

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Jacqueline Gaines, left, and Angelina Jackson, right, are running for the Democratic nomination for Common Pleas Judge.

Jacqueline Gaines, left, and Angelina Jackson, right, are running for the Democratic nomination for Common Pleas Judge.

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Jacqueline Gaines, left, and Angelina Jackson, right, are running for the Democratic nomination for Common Pleas Judge.

Jackson leads the appellate division in the Montgomery County Public Defender’s Office. She said her priorities if elected will be using evidence-based therapeutic alternatives to incarceration where legally appropriate, increasing efficiency and access to the court using technology and respecting the rights of victims.

“I am a Dayton native, a graduate of Dayton Public Schools, an HBCU graduate, and a mother of two school-aged daughters. I am a hard-working, open-minded, and compassionate person and I believe I would be a good judge,” Jackson said.

Gaines is a magistrate with the Montgomery County Domestic Relations Court. Gaines said domestic relations touches many other areas in the law as many cases involve people seeking separation for issues like domestic violence or bankruptcy.

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