2020 Primary Election

Read or listen to our conversations with the candidates vying for your vote during this election season.

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Amanda Lee Myers, AP; Courtesy of Charmaine McGuffey

Cincinnati Edition speaks with Sheriff Jim Neil and challenger Charmaine McGuffey about their backgrounds, qualifications and priorities for the position of Hamilton County sheriff.

They will face off against each other in the Democratic primary for the office on March 17.

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The Hamilton County Board of Elections has moved 30 voting precincts from 24 facilities because of concerns about COVID-19.  An official says all moves were to nearby voting locations.

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Three women are vying to represent the Democratic Party in November's Hamilton County Commission race, hoping to claim the seat previously held by fellow Democrat Todd Portune, who died in January.

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The Hamilton County Board of Elections is expecting 50% of voters to cast ballots during this year's primary election on March 17.

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Amanda Lee Myers, AP; Courtesy of Charmaine McGuffey

A candidate for re-election to a Hamilton County office who can't get the endorsement of his or her party is a true rarity in local politics.

With Super Tuesday voting over, the focus will shift to the six states that will vote March 10, followed by Ohio and the three states that hold primaries on March 17. It’s the first time Ohio has voted on St. Patrick’s Day, and it’s created a few problems.

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Ohio's fall election is fast-approaching, with the pandemic still in full swing. Election Day is scheduled for November 3, and the U.S. presidential race, all 16 Ohio congressional seats and many other state races will be on the ballot.

Tuesday is the deadline to register to vote for Ohio’s presidential primary on March 17. Early voting begins Wednesday.

Voters can check their registration with the Secretary of State's office.

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Issue 7 - a 0.8% increase in the Hamilton County sales tax - will be the biggest ballot issue voters in Hamilton County will decide in the March 17 primary. It would provide $135 million a year for repair of roads and bridges in the county, along with expansion of the Metro bus system. The bus system expansion would get the bulk of the money.

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Hamilton County Democratic Party leaders did something Saturday morning that is extremely rare in local politics – they yanked the party endorsement of an incumbent elected official – in this case, Sheriff Jim Neil.

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It's almost impossible to say if the Democratic presidential nomination will be sewed up by the time Ohio's primary election comes around on March 17. But, even if is, Democrats in Hamilton County will have plenty of contested local races to decide: a county commission battle between Alicia Reece and Connie Pillich; a hotly contested fight between Sheriff Jim Neil and one of his former top administrators, Charmain McGuffey; and a race between former judge Fanon Rucker and former federal prosecutor Gabe Davis for county prosecutor.

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Reece courtesy of the Ohio Statehouse; Pillich of the candidate

There was a time when the leaders of the Democratic Party in Hamilton County had to crawl on their hands and knees and beg people to run for county offices.

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Don't you hate it when somebody butts in line at the grocery check-out line, or when lots of people are queued up to get into a concert or a movie?

I do. And I don't hesitate to tell the line-crashers about it.

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While the March 17, 2020, primary may feel a ways away, candidates have to file their petitions with their respective boards of elections by Dec. 18, 2019. 

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Two weeks ago, Hamilton County commissioner Todd Portune, a Democrat, held a press conference to announce that his cancer was spreading and that he would not be running for re-election in 2020.

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So far, two Democratic women - one from Hamilton County and one from Warren County - are declared candidates for the March primary in Ohio's 1st Congressional District, which Republican Steve Chabot has held for the better part of a quarter century.

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