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Monday Politics Chat: Republicans Rumble In Butler County GOP Primary

Howard Wilkinson
WVXU-FM
Howard Wilkinson

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson spoke with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday about the GOP primary in Butler County's 51st Ohio House District, where two well-known Republicans are taking on incumbent Wes Retherford. Retherford is still dealing with the political fallout from an incident a year ago where police found him passed out in his car in the drive-thru of a fast food restaurant, with a loaded handgun in the armrest. 

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Howard Wilkinson joined the WVXU News Team after 30 years of covering local and state politics for The Cincinnati Enquirer. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Wilkinson has covered every Ohio governor’s race since 1974 as well as 12 presidential nominating conventions. His streak continued by covering both the 2012 Republican and Democratic conventions for 91.7 WVXU. Along with politics, Wilkinson also covered the 2001 Cincinnati race riots; the Lucasville Prison riot in 1993; the Air Canada plane crash at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 1983; and the 1997 Ohio River flooding. The Cincinnati Reds are his passion. "I've been listening to WVXU and public radio for many years, and I couldn't be more pleased at the opportunity to be part of it,” he says.