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[Karen Kasler | Statehouse News Bureau]

Primary Election Day Results

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This Election Day appeared to sneak up on Ohio’s voters. Primary elections tend to have a lower turnout and this cycle was no different.

One closely watched race in Southeast Ohio was Alexander Local School District’s. This was the district’s 6th attempt to pass a current operating expenses levy in the last 3 years.

Here’s a look at the unofficial results from that and some of the other races WOUB News covered:

Athens County 

The Alexander Local School District 1% earned income tax passed with 1,177 votes for the levy, and 1,172 votes against in unofficial tallies.

Arian Smedley won the Democratic race for Athens City Council First Ward with 71% of the vote (100 votes). Opponent Samantha Miller received 28% of the vote, or 40 votes.

Voter turnout was 19.92%.


Jackson County

Wellston’s current auditor was challenged by two fellow party members and came in last. Two requests for additional money for fire protection were defeated, as well. Overall, voter turnout in Jackson County was 7.23%


Pickaway County

Incumbent Don McIlroy secured the Republican nomination for Circleville mayor, securing 792 votes to challenger Tom Spring’s 258.

With three selected in the Republican race for Circleville Council-at-Large positions, Katie Hedges, Tom Klitzka and Michelle Blanton received the nod. Hedges received 530 votes, Klitzka received 463, Blanton received 432 and Josh Ford missed the cut with only 292 votes.

Voter turnout was 9.11%.


Jefferson County

Steven Rebich, Ronald Holmes and Glenn Dickinson received democratic nominations for the Member of Council at Large in Toronto. Rebich received 152 votes, Holmes received 145, Dickinson received 141 and J. David Core only received 91.

Wells Township voted down two local issues. A 3-mills additional Police Protection issue was shot down by 51.45% of voters, while 52.32% of voters rejected an additional general construction, reconstruction, resurfacing and repair of streets, roads and bridges issue.

Voter turnout was 13.73%.


Tuscarawas County

Mark Haney will be the Democratic candidate in the Uhrichsville mayor’s race. Haney received 195 votes while his opponent Rick Dorland received 160 votes.

In the mayor’s primary race for the Village of Dennison, Tim Still will be the Democratic candidate on the upcoming November ballot. Still received 100 votes. His opponent Jeffrey W. Dryden received 57 votes.

Voters in Perry Township renewed a 2 mills general operating levy for the township for five years with 32 for the levy and 7 against.

In Warwick Township, voters passed a 3 mills levy for the construction, reconstruction, resurfacing, and repair of street, roads, and bridges by a vote of 74 to 45.

An additional levy at the rate of 6.9 mills for five years for emergency requirements for the Dover City School District failed 2,530 to 1,589.

An additional levy at the rate of 4 mills for 10 years for emergency requirements for the Garaway Local School District passed 410 to 351.

A renewal levy at the rate of 5 mills for five years for current expenses for the Indian Valley Local School District passed 368 to 233.

Voters passed 466 to 109 a renewal levy at the rate of 1 mill for five years for the Union Cemetery District.

The fire and emergency services replacement levy for the Village of Sugarcreek passed 202-90. The levy is at the rate of 3.5 mills for five years.

Voter turnout was 21.65%.


Ross County

Brandon Lawson will appear as the Democratic candidate in the Chillicothe City Council Second Ward race. Lawson received 155 votes. His opponent Jan Nusbaum received 74 votes.

Voters approved a five-year 0.5% income tax renewal for current expenses for the Union Scioto Local School District 858 to 337.

Voter turnout was 14.7%.


Washington County

Judy Drake will be the Republican candidate on the November ballot in the Belpre mayor’s race. Drake received 187 votes. Her opponent John McClead received 177 votes.

In the Council at Large race for Belpre City Council David E. Ferguson received 249 votes, Donna L. Miller received 206 votes, Larry K. Martin received 199 votes, and Susan J. Abdella received 181 votes.

Ferguson, Miller, and Martin will appear on the November ballot.

In the race for the Fourth Ward council seat, Penne L. Riffle will be on the November ballot after receiving 74 votes. Riffle’s opponent Kelly R. Cox received 65 votes.

Voter turnout was 8.36%.


Pike County

Debra Whaley secured the Democratic nomination for Village of Waverly Auditor, receiving 179 votes to Linda Murphy’s 58.

Mary Ellen Cormany received 167 votes to win the Democratic nomination for the Council-at-Large seat in the Village of Waverly, edging out the 38 votes received by write-in candidate Angel Glass.

In the race for Village of Waverly Council, Ward 3, Kristi Case received 22 votes to secure the nomination. She was followed by Scott Dailey with 16 votes and Bret Bevens with 13.


Scioto County

Scioto County voters decided the fate of one issue in Tuesday’s Primary Election.

The Scioto County Career Technical Center 1 Mill permanent improvement renewal levy was approved with 819 voting for the issue and 279 voting against.


Belmont County

The race for the 4th Ward Council seat  Democratic nomination in Martins Ferry has resulted in a tie, according to unofficial results in Belmont County.

Larry Deaton and Rick Rodgers both received 24 votes in Tuesday’s Primary Election.

If official canvassing does not change the result, the nomination could be decided by a coin flip.