Leads narrow for incumbents in Montgomery County Commission races

Two Montgomery County Commission seats are contested. Montgomery County Commissioner Judy Dodge, left, a Democrat running for re-election, faces Republican Arlene Setzer, second from left, a former state representative and past mayor of Vandalia. Montgomery County Commissioner Debbie Lieberman, third from left, a Democrat running for re-election, faces Republican Bob Matthews, right, a former Miami Twp. trustee and information technology project manager. SUBMITTED
Two Montgomery County Commission seats are contested. Montgomery County Commissioner Judy Dodge, left, a Democrat running for re-election, faces Republican Arlene Setzer, second from left, a former state representative and past mayor of Vandalia. Montgomery County Commissioner Debbie Lieberman, third from left, a Democrat running for re-election, faces Republican Bob Matthews, right, a former Miami Twp. trustee and information technology project manager. SUBMITTED

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Both Democratic incumbents up for reelection to the Montgomery County Commission are leading their Republican opponents after Tuesday’s voting.

Montgomery County Commissioner Debbie Lieberman had 51% of the vote, ahead of her Republican challenger Bob Matthews. The margin stood at 7,300 votes.

County Commissioner Judy Dodge also had 51% — a 5,755 vote lead — over Republican opponent Arlene Setzer, according to the Montgomery County Board of Elections.

But 6,731 absentee ballots haven’t been returned and county voters filled out more than 7,000 provisional ballots for the election.

These results are expected to change as more ballots are counted through Nov. 18. We will continue to update these results as more ballots are counted.

ExploreElection Results 2020

The early results released showed at least 155,683 votes were cast before Election Day, representing about 42% of registered voters in the county.

Matthews of Miamisburg is a former Miami Twp. trustee and information technology project manager who previously has sought a county commission seat. Setzer is a former mayor of Vandalia where she resides. She also served in the Ohio House of Representatives.

ExploreDodge, Setzer vie for county commission seat

Lieberman of Clayton has held a commission seat since 2005. Dodge, a Vandalia resident, has been in the office since 2007.

ExploreLieberman, Matthews in race for county commission

The winning candidates of today’s election will serve a four-year terms that begin in January. Three commissioners make up the general administrative body for the county. County Commissioner Carolyn Rice was elected in 2018.

County commissioners will be paid $107,692 in 2021, according to the Montgomery County Auditor.

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