A Local Election of Note
In the recent off-off-year elections, the national media was understandably focused on the gubernatorial contests in Virginia and New Jersey and the mayoral contest in New York City. But, although it has received almost no national attention, a school board election in a suburban community in Ohio may have as many implications as those more prominent elections.
Warren County, Ohio, is located in extreme southwestern Ohio, just northeast of Hamilton County, which includes the city of Cincinnati. Formerly a largely rural county, Warren County has become increasingly suburban. In just the decade between the 2000 and 2010 censuses, its population increased from 158,000 to 212,000.
About 94% of the county’s population is White, and only about 4% of its residents are impoverished. Not surprisingly, given those demographics and their impact on the voting patterns in counties across Ohio and in many other states, Warren County has been staunchly Republican. Most…
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