A Local Election of Note

ACADEME BLOG

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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About martinkich

I am a Professor of English at Wright State University's Lake Campus, where I have been a faculty member for more than 25 years. I have now served multiple terms as the President of the WSU chapter of AAUP, which now includes all full-time instructional faculty, and as the Vice-President of the Ohio Conference of AAUP. I have also served several terms as an at-large member of the Executive Committee of AAUP's Collective Bargaining Congress. In addition to serving as co-editor of the Academe blog, I am also a member of the editorial board of Academe and have been a guest editor for an issue of the magazine on collective bargaining strategies. As co-chair of the Ohio Conference's Communication Committee, I began to do much more overtly political writing during the campaign to repeal Ohio's Senate Bill 5, which would have eliminated the right of faculty to be unionized. I have sustained that activism, and at the risk of stating the obvious, I have very much enjoyed contributing to the Academe Blog and to our chapter blog. I also maintain several other blogs to which I have re-posted, by topic, my posts to the Academe blog, as well as some other items.

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