Both Democratic incumbents up for reelection to the Montgomery County Commission hold slim leads over their Republican opponents.
After Tuesday, incumbent County Commissioner Judy Dodge had 51% of the vote and a 5,755-vote margin over Republican opponent Arlene Setzer, according to the Montgomery County Board of Elections.
Montgomery County Commissioner Debbie Lieberman also had 51% of the vote, slightly ahead of Republican challenger Bob Matthews. The margin in their race stands at 7,300 votes.
Lieberman of Clayton has held a county commission seat since 2005. Dodge, a Vandalia resident, has been in the office since 2007.
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.
County commissioners will be paid $107,692 in 2021, according to the Montgomery County Auditor.
The race for Montgomery County treasurer ended in a near statistical dead heat and no clear winner.
Republican challenger John McManus holds a 2,309 vote lead over incumbent Democratic County Treasurer Russ Joseph after 253,137 votes were cast early and on Election Day in that race.
McManus of Dayton served on the Dayton school board from 2016 to 2020, and in 2018 unsuccessfully ran as a Democrat for the Ohio House of Representatives. He was hired by Foley last year as chief of the clerk of courts legal division and says he switched parties because he was approached by current and former Republican officials to run for treasurer.
Joseph, a Dayton resident, was appointed by the party to the treasurer post last year to replace Carolyn Rice after she was elected county commissioner. Prior to that, he was the party-appointed Montgomery County Clerk of Courts until he lost his election bid in 2018 to Republican Mike Foley.
The county treasurer is responsible for collecting property taxes and managing the county’s investments, and sits on the Montgomery County land bank board. The job pays $90,649 a year.
Clerk of Courts
In the only decided countywide race, Foley’s 25,106-vote margin in the unofficial results is greater than the combination of outstanding absentee and provisional ballots remaining to be counted.
Foley, of Oakwood, first ran for the position in 2012, losing to Democrat Greg Brush. Brush was then reelected in 2016 but retired in the middle of that four-year term, prompting a 2018 election to fill out the remaining two years on Brush’s term. Foley won that election over Russ Joseph, who was later named Montgomery County treasurer.
Dickerson, a Miami Twp. resident, currently sits on the Miami Twp. Board of Zoning Appeals and is chairman of the Montgomery County Democratic Party’s Rules Committee. He ran in 2018 for an Ohio House seat, losing the 42nd District race to Republican Niraj Antani.
The county clerk’s office is responsible for receiving and maintaining legal documents for Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, Domestic Relations Court, two county municipal courts, the state’s Second District Court of Appeals and five auto title offices. The clerk oversees a budget of about $9.5 million and has a staff of about 105 employees, according to the county’s 2020 budget.
The clerk of courts job will pay $113,000 in 2021, according to the auditor’s office.
Running unopposed for county offices and winning reelection were: Montgomery County Engineer Paul Gruner, a Democrat; Montgomery County Coroner Kent Harshbarger, a Republican; Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr., a Democrat; Montgomery County Recorder Brandon McClain, a Democrat; and Montgomery County Sheriff Rob Streck, a Republican.