FINAL COUNT: McManus unseats Joseph to win Montgomery County treasurer race

Montgomery County Treasurer Russ Joseph, Democrat (left) and Republican challenger John McManus (right).
Montgomery County Treasurer Russ Joseph, Democrat (left) and Republican challenger John McManus (right).

Montgomery County Treasurer Russ Joseph was unseated by Republican John McManus on Nov. 3, according to official, final results certified Wednesday by the county board of elections.

The race was too close to call on Election Night due to the need to count provisional and late arriving absentee ballots.

McManus defeated Democrat Joseph 50.38% to 49.62%.

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“I’m incredibly honored and humbled to be able to serve the residents of Montgomery County in this position,” McManus said.

He won’t take office until September under state law that staggers county officials terms. McManus plans to use the time traveling the state and talking to other county treasurers to learn about best practices.

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Joseph said until his term ends he will focus on helping property owners through the pandemic and collecting tax dollars needed to pay for community services.

“Between the COVID-19 pandemic and divisive politics here and around the country, we knew this election would be close. While I’m extremely disappointed in the results, I’m incredibly proud of the work that my team has accomplished in two short years," Joseph said.

Joseph was appointed treasurer by the Montgomery County Democratic Party in January 2019 to replace Carolyn Rice after she was elected county commissioner. He was previously the party-appointed county clerk of courts until he lost his 2018 election bid to Republican Mike Foley.

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McManus was on the Dayton school board from 2016 to 2020, and in 2018 unsuccessfully ran as a Democrat for the Ohio House of Representatives. Foley hired him last year as chief of the clerk of courts legal division. McManus said he switched parties after he was approached by by current and former Republican officials who wanted him to run for treasurer.

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