Ohio County Elects All-Female, All-Democrat Governing Board

One of the biggest stories of the 2018 election was the success of women on the ballot.

Voters sent a record number of women, at least 100 as of Thursday, to Congress while Michigan and Kansas both elected their first female governors, Democrats Gretchen Whitmer and Laura Kelly, respectively.

Ohio voters gave one of two open seats on the State Supreme Court to a woman, Melody Stewart, and that success trickled all the way down to the local level.

In Montgomery County, which includes the Dayton area, voters elected Carolyn Rice, thereby handing their entire local government over to women. Montgomery County now has an all-female, all-Democrat county commission for the first time.

Rice won with 53 percent of the vote over Republican Doug Barry. In January she will join Judy Dodge and Debbie Lieberman on the county board.

“I’m really quite humbled that the voters of Montgomery County have entrusted me with this new opportunity and role,” Rice told the Dayton Daily News. “I’ve been the county treasurer for 12 years, and it’s been an honor to serve in that capacity, and I’m just very excited to take on the new role of county commissioner.”

The vast majority of women who won congressional seats Tuesday were Democrats.

In other notable races involving women:

  • Rashida Tlaib, a Democrat woman and a Muslim, won in Michigan’s 13th congressional district
  • Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar, also a Muslim and the first Somali-American elected to Congress, won that state’s 5th District.
  • Marsha Blackburn, who called herself a “hardcore, card-carrying conservative,” became the first female senator ever elected from Tennessee.
  • Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29, became the youngest woman elected to Congress in New York’s 14th District.
  • Democrat Ayanna Pressley also became the first black woman elected to Congress from Massachusetts in the state’s 7th District.
  • Deb Haaland, a Democrat in New Mexico, will be one of the first Native American women to serve in Congress.
  • Democrat Abigail Spanberger, a former CIA operative, pulled off a major upset in Virginia by defeating Republican Rep. Dave Brat, who was a member of the House Freedom Caucus and widely considered a rising star in the GOP.
  • In Arizona, one of the nation’s most-watched Senate races, two women squared off for the seat formerly held by retiring Sen. Jeff Flake. At last count, Democrat Krysten Sinema, who is openly bisexual, held a slim lead over Republican Martha McSally, a former female pilot in the U.S. Air Force.

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Anthony Accardi is a writer and reporter for The Ohio Star.
Photo “Carolyn Rice” by Carolyn Rice.








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