published Friday, August 3rd, 2012

GOP sweep in county races

The most important countywide election, that for the county mayor's seat for the next two years, was never expected to provide much suspense. Jim Coppinger, who has occupied the post on an interim appointment since Claude Ramsey resigned 20 months ago, was the only well-known candidate. And he is a Republican, which is all that really seems to matter nowadays in county elections.

But if his easy victory over Democrat Rick Wilson, who self-financed his forward-looking campaign, is no surprise, we hope his leadership style will be going forward. Coppinger has been so cautious since he took over the seat that any leadership skills have been hard to detect. Now is his time to show his vision.

Hamilton County urgently needs a forward-looking leader who will represent the interest of all the county's constituents, not just the 30 percent who reside in the unincorporated areas of the county. His goal should be to step up to the challenges of rapid urban growth throughout the county as our economic development boom ripens, avoiding haphazard sprawl and starting up consolidated urban services.

True, that would mean adopting the incremental service-consolidation agenda that Wilson laid out. Never mind. Coppinger needs to make sure that county government tackles this challenge in a way that provides smart growth and broad tax equity for the 70 percent of county taxpayers who reside in the county's 10 incorporated municipalities.

This doesn't require metro. It requires just a county charter, regular collaboration with the other municipal mayors and a strong vision. If Coppinger has the metal to tackle this challenge — and the wherewithal to boost funding and quality in all public schools, including the inner school schools — he'll go down as an important leader. If he fails, well — it's the county's loss, as well as his.

In two other county government races, Republicans won by the same predictable edge — two-thirds of the vote total, or better. Aging Assessor of Property Bill Bennett retained his seat by the same wide margin over Jelena Butler, and District 3's Marty Haynes did the same, keeping the County a no-new-idea men's club through his defeat of Mitzi Yates. Both the Democratic women challengers offered energy, more transparency and interesting new ideas and agendas, but Republican voters shut them down.

Other elections

Other primary races whose victors will surely be favored in November's elections provided more surprising results. The Republican primary in the state 10th Senatorial district was originally presumed to be a cakewalk for Greg Vital, whose deep pockets provided a heavy advantage over Todd Gardenhire, a veteran GOP insider. Given Vital's missteps and Gardenhire's tenacity, the race turned into a bare-knuckle fight that ended with Gardenhire upsetting Vital by just 15 votes in the unofficial final tally Thursday night. City Councilman Andrae McGary easily won the Democratic primary in the same state Senate District 10 race.

In the Democratic primary for the 28th District state House, which through redistricting pitted incumbent state representatives JoAnne Favors and Tommie Brown against each other, Favors won handily with heavy backing from the old Democratic party leadership.

In three contested county school board seats, thoughtful newcomers Jonathan Welch (District 2) and Donna Horn (District 7) captured seats surrendered by Chip Baker and Linda Mosley, respectively. They can be expected to provide constructive balance against Rhonda Thurman (District 1), who unfortunately won another term over challenger Katherine Benefield, an insightful veteran educator.

In the closely watched Republican primary race, incumbent 3rd District Rep. Chuck Fleischmann and young Weston Wamp were trampling Scottie Mayfield in Hamilton County balloting — a result that Mayfield invited by not engaging in debates and articulating a clear platform. In the same 3rd District's Democratic primary, Dr. Mary Headrick, a far-better qualified candidate for the office any of the Republicans, led opponent Bill Taylor in Hamilton County by a 2-to-1 margin. District vote totals were not available.

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joneses said...

Sounds like someone is whining. Hussein Obama and he liberals keep using the term "moving forward". Would someone please tell me what they want to move forward to? Do you mean "move forward" to higher taxes, bigger government and more government control of our lives? That is what is sounds like to me. Please explain what you liberals mean by "moving forward".

August 3, 2012 at 7:52 a.m.
conservative said...

You got it right.

August 3, 2012 at 7:58 a.m.
joneses said...

Detroit has had a democrat mayor since 1962. Maybe this is what the liberals want to move forward to.

August 3, 2012 at 8:04 a.m.
Downtownman said...

Wow, joneses starts the commentary with cliches and no facts and trusty sidekick con barks his approval. How shocking.

August 3, 2012 at 8:39 a.m.
ldurham said...

Times endorsement = Kiss of Death.

Free Press endorsement = Subject to change without notice.

August 3, 2012 at 9:55 a.m.
joneses said...

downtown woman,

I do not understand. Detroit has had a democrat mayor since 1962, fact. Liberals do want higher taxes bigger government, more people dependent, on government and more government control, fact. Enlighten me as to something I said which is not fact? Or maybe you, like Hussein Obama are to ashamed of your agenda and that is why none of you liberals ever talk about it.

August 3, 2012 at 12:19 p.m.

But what was the actual turnout?

That's what really matters.

But do keep ranting out Detroit and Democrats Joneses. At least Democrats don't want the government up in everybody's vaginas and bedrooms.

August 3, 2012 at 12:26 p.m.
joneses said...


Everybody's vagina and bedrooms? Do you not know how stupid that sounds? First It is apparently you do not know this but men do not have vaginas or at least conservative men do not and second us conservatives couldn't care less about your bedroom. You really must think you hung the moon to think anyone gives a rats ass about your bedroom. I have been very successful in not imagining the disgusting things you do in your bedroom.

August 3, 2012 at 12:47 p.m.
Downtownman said...

cliches cliches cliches, none based on actual fact. Liberals want smart, fair government, not government only for the rich. I dont want people dependent on government, but able to compete for jobs and a decent wage without corporations AND their government blocking the way. I want government to keep a sharp eye on corporations, WHO BASED ON THEIR OWN RECORD dont give a damn about people, just profits, just like a good Christian would want them to.

The fact is, over the last 50 years, the economy always performs better under Democrats. That is the secret Republicans know well enough but dont talk about. Why would they if they have dim witted hillbillies like you on their side?

Everytime you talk, its obvious you're a brainwashed robot. And it seems to bother you not a bit.

And I talk about how the President has fallen short of expectations all the time. And not just me, read left leaning commentary and you'll see him absolutley grilled at times.

But I'm not going to do that here. Not with people like you who have no interest in learning, developing new ideas and maybe even changing their mind when presented with facts. These things dont interest you. You're mind is made up and closed for business. You and the others like you are killing this country, by sheer willful ignorance.

By the way, downtown woman? You think that questioning sexuality is an insult. Be honest, how old are you? 14?

August 3, 2012 at 12:57 p.m.
joneses said...


When you throw insults at me expect them back bitch. If you are not for private industries making profits than I suggest you tell your employer to only pay you enough to pay your expenses. In a competitive market place it is up to the employee to make him/herself more valuable to get paid more. Take a class in economics. You are living a fantasy world if you think anyone can legislate fairness or you are just plain stupid.

August 3, 2012 at 1:24 p.m.
rolando said...

The author of this editorial is certainly sucking sour grapes. Big time.

Maybe Bennett wrote it. His cartoon fairly reeks of the purple juice. Heh, heh.

A sign of things to come...hopefully.

Unless Dear Leader fires up ACORN and the [un-prosecuted but guilty-by-video] Black Panthers to terrorize the white voters booths again...

August 3, 2012 at 1:50 p.m.
JustOneWoman said...

Downtownman said... ...You and the others like you are killing this country, by sheer willful ignorance.

......... Be honest, how old are you? 14?

Excellent! Just Fabulous!

August 3, 2012 at 1:51 p.m.
Downtownman said...

Like I said, pure robot. When the corporate world and multi millionairs read your post, they laugh.."we got him, let us get on our knees and thank the universe for hillbillies like this...CHA CHING. We're screwing him over, and he's arguing for us!".

You literally took everything i said, put your own ignorant spin on it to the point where it in no way represents what I said, and then formulate your argument. Robot, you only see the world the way you want to see it. Robot, you learn nothing dont see a need to. You are Frank Lutz's & Repuglican strategists dream demographic.

Please continue with your homo erotic insults, now I know you're roughly 14, and you seem to be enjoying it.

August 3, 2012 at 2:02 p.m.

joneses, you know how terrible it sounds, that's why you try to dispute its truth.

If conservatives didn't care about what goes on in my bedroom, then why the support for Chik-Fil-A and the person who said God's Wrath would fall upon us for allowing same-sex relationships.

Oh I know, you want us to believe you only care about the FREEDOM to say that, when you're expecting us to ignore the intent to do exactly what I said.

Downtownman, joneses is locked into a fixed set of programming, and is the one living in the fantasy world here.

For example, the fantasy of being anything but a low-grade troll.

August 3, 2012 at 2:17 p.m.
joneses said...

justonebitch and happywithbeingafool

Both of you are so mesmerized by your god Hussein Obama it has made you stupid. Why do you continue to support him lying to you. Both of you must agree with me because you never say anything positive about this fool you put in the White House either. I post facts and you are so blind you end up attacking me personally forcing me to attack you back because I do not take s$#t from no one. Hussein Obama is the one that is lying to you, I am telling the truth. Attack him. It is amazing how blind you and the rest of your liberal fools are. Nothing Hussein Obama hs done has worked. We laugh at your stupidity. Your ignorance is amazing beyond comprehension.

August 3, 2012 at 3:26 p.m.

You post made up facts and distorted truths, and you are so blind that you end up thinking we're the ones at fault, or that we're attacking you personally, which leads to you blaming US for your conduct.

How's that for responsibility?

You should really take your show on the road!

August 3, 2012 at 3:48 p.m.
Easy123 said...

I really think joneses might be posting from a psychiatric hospital. He's probably kept in the 'Moron' wing.

August 3, 2012 at 10:39 p.m.
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