The official election results will not be certified until Friday, November 19. Usually, that is a bit of a formality. However, there were a number of very close races around the county. The absentee ballots received by the Board of Elections after Election Day that are entitled to be counted and the provisional ballots entitled to be counted could change some outcomes from the unofficial results posted Election Night. It also seems likely that, for the first time since I joined the Board in 2015, there will be some mandatory recounts. In other words, it is too soon to say much that is meaningful about the November election. It is not too soon, however, to thank the Democrats who ran for office this year. They have earned our thanks and respect by stepping up.
The 2021 election is not yet officially over, but we need to be thinking about 2022. Contested primary election races have already developed in both parties for the high visibility offices on next year’s ballot for U.S. Senator and Governor. US Congressman Tim Ryan and Columbus resident Morgan Harper are running for the Democratic nomination for US Senator. Outgoing Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley are running for the Democratic nomination for Governor. The less said about the Republicans the better.
There are a number of other offices on the ballot in 2022, including State Representative, County Commissioner, and Auditor. Brian Flick has already announced his candidacy for State Representative for Ohio District 62, covering the northwest corner of Clermont County. We presently have no announced candidates for State Representative from District 63, covering the remainder of Clermont County and part of Brown County nor for the county offices mentioned above. The primary election to determine candidates for the November 2022 ballot will occur on May 3, 2022. To be on the primary ballot you must submit petitions by 4:00 p.m. on February 2, 2022. That is not much time. We saw Democrats step up this year to run for school boards, township trustee, and village councils. We need Democrats to step up and run next year. If you are thinking about running for an office and have questions I’ll be happy to talk to you. Just send me a message through the contact form on this website.