Wednesday, November 3, 2004

Clermont County: Republicans remain choice


Walker leading commission race

By Reid Forgrave
Enquirer staff writer

Republican incumbents dominated countywide races in Clermont County in the initial, unofficial results late Tuesday.

In the only contested seat for the Clermont county commission, one-term incumbent Mary Walker faced off against longtime Batavia attorney Peter Strasser. Incumbent Bob Proud ran unopposed.

Walker defeated Strasser, 65 percent to 34 percent,.

Walker, 58, is a former Union Township trustee and is married to Doug Walker, a current Union Township trustee and member of the county planning commission. She calls herself a proponent of smart growth in this rapidly growing county.

Strasser, 57, of Batavia Township, was a Republican ward chairman in Cincinnati in the 1980s before switching parties.

During his campaign, Strasser pledged if elected he would be a watchdog and a balance as a Democrat in a county government filled with Republicans.

In the race for Clermont County's domestic judgeship, incumbent Michael J. Voris, 66, faced Milford attorney Ron Mason.

Voris led Mason, 58 percent to 42 percent, in the unofficial totals.

In the race for the newly created position of Clermont County Common Pleas Court clerk, Republican Union Township trustee Barbara Wiedenbein held a solid lead in early returns against Democrat Chris King of Stonelick Township.

Wiedenbein won over King 70 percent to 29 percent.

Wiedenbein, 57, was appointed to finish her husband's term as Union Township trustee after Art Wiedenbein died this summer. Wiedenbein's trustee term ends in December 2005. Wiedenbein is active with the county Convention and Visitors Bureau and the library board, and she also does the books for Wiedenbein Auto and Truck Parts, but she says those responsibilities would not get in her way as clerk.

Voters in Clermont County were bombarded at the polls by last-minute campaigners for local issues and candidates, but many said the main reason they came out was for the presidential election.

"I don't want to mess something up, so I didn't even vote in the local elections," said Kimberly Ward of Amelia.

The winner for the contested spot on the county's governing board has plenty to deal with.

Clermont County has changed dramatically in recent decades, shifting from a farming, Appalachian community to a rapidly growing suburban community that retains its rural roots while absorbing defectors from Hamilton County.

Traffic, infrastructure and growth issues will compete with the concerns of residents in the more rural part of the county as commissioners tackle the issues of a changing community.

E-mail rforgrave@enquirer.com




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