All women to take over Montgomery County board of commissioners

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

Candidate for Montgomery county commissioner Carolyn Rice on the election

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

Montgomery County will get an all-female, all-Democratic board of commissioners beginning next year.

Democrat Carolyn Rice won with 53 percent of the vote over Republican Doug Barry to set up an all-female, all-Democratic commission beginning next year when she joins Judy Dodge and Debbie Lieberman on the county board.

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“I’m really quite humbled that the voters of Montgomery County have entrusted me with this new opportunity and role,” Rice said. “I’ve been the county treasurer for 12 years, and it’s been an honor to serve in that capacity, and I’m just very excited to take on the new role of county commissioner.”

Democrats have had control of all three seats for more than a decade. The seat came open when incumbent Dan Foley did not seek re-election and instead set sights on the Statehouse against Republican Rep. J. Todd Smith for a 43rd House District seat.

Barry, a Miami Twp. resident, township trustee and owner of BarryStaff in Dayton, would have become the first non-Democrat in a dozen years to take a commission seat if he won.

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All over the country, women broke barriers at local, state and national levels this election.

Democrat Rashida Tlaib, in Michigan's 13th District, and Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar, from that state's 5th District, both became the first Muslim women elected to Congress, NPR reported. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29, became the youngest woman elected to Congress in New York's 14th District. Democrat Ayanna Pressley also became the first black woman elected to Congress from Massachusetts in the state's 7th District.

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