The 2013 election can be summed up in five words: “Overwhelming losses for Kasich’s friends.”
Ohio voters punished Republicans at the local level for their recent attacks on workers, women, and push to shift the tax burden onto the middle class.
Voters stripped the Governor and his allies from control of any of Ohio’s ten most populous cities for the first time in nearly five years. The last time Ohio Democrats experienced similar success at the local level was in 2007.
These 2013 victories are historic.
Not only did Democrats win in all regions of the state, but Democrats also won in all parts of the state – urban, suburban, and rural areas.
Ohioans again rejected the principles of Senate Bill 5 by defeating Cincinnati Local Issue 4 by a margin of 56.64%. This initiative was crafted by the same masterminds that helped Governor Kasich fashion and sell Senate Bill 5, and it would have defunded public pensions and stripped unions of their ability to bargain for members’ retirement security.
Democrats successfully defended Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Steubenville Mayor Domenick Mucci, Jr., Lima Mayor David Berger, and maintained control of the Youngstown and Cincinnati Mayor’s Offices with the elections of John McNally and John Cranley.
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