Faris defeats White in primary

Vince Faris defeated incumbent Clermont County Prosecutor Don White in the March 6 primary election and will be placed on the general election ballot in November with no democratic opponents.

Faris received 14,389 votes, or 52.82 percent of votes cast, while White received 12,853 votes, or 47.18 percent of votes cast in the primary election.

Faris, who was endorsed by the Clermont County Republican Party, said before the election that he wanted to run for prosecutor because he enjoyed working in the prosecutor’s office several years ago and would like the opportunity to represent county officials.

Faris graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1976 and the University of Toledo College of Law in 1980. He became assistant prosecutor in Clermont County in 1981 and joined the law firm Walker, Bradford and Hill in 1987.

In 2006, he formed his private practice, Faris and Faris, with his wife and has also served as assistant public defender.

“I intend to be a full-time prosecutor and give up my practice completely,” Faris said before the election. “I would intend on being in court on a regular basis.”

Faris said being full time avoids the conflicts prosecutors may have when they also represent private clients.

“I just have a real interest in being the prosecutor and representing county officials in cases,” Faris said before the election.

Election results are unofficial until the Clermont County Board of Elections certifies them in the coming weeks.