Opinion: As national parties have changed, so have the voting patterns of white county residents

Staff Photo By Robin Rudd / Democratic mayoral candidate Matt Adams stumps for votes as he campaigns outside the polling place at Covenant Presbyterian Church last week.

An examination of election returns in the 2022 contest for Hamilton County mayor and the initial contest for county mayor under the current system in 1978 indicates how some county voting patterns have switched and some have remained the same based on the direction of national political parties.

Over those 44 years, the national Republican Party has moved from being thought of as the party of the rich and powerful to the party of Middle America, the party of the working family. Meanwhile, the national Democratic Party has moved from being thought of as the party of the average worker to the party of the rich, the powerful and the special interests.

In 1978, Democrat Jimmy Carter was president of the United States, and Democrat Marilyn Lloyd was the U.S.