Election results: Lots of close vote tallies

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(Posted Nov. 3, 2021)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

With a handful of votes separating candidates, some races in the Nov. 2 general election in Madison County are too close to call at this time.

One example is the race for at-large seats on London city council. Four candidates ran for three at-large seats. Joshua Peters and John J. Stahl appear to have secured two of the three seats, earning 30.17 percent of the vote and 23.69 percent of the vote, respectively. Who gets the third seat is yet to be determined. As the tallies now stand, Brenda S. Russell has 742 (21.78 percent) votes to Gregory S. Eades’s 740 votes (21.72 percent). The fourth candidate, Carla Blazier, who ran as a write-in, received 2.35 percent of the vote.

Other close races include Mount Sterling council, one of the Plain City council races, Somerford Township trustees, and Jefferson Local school board.

Madison-Plains Local Schools’ request for renewal of an income tax appears to have passed by a narrow margin. The tally was close for the Madison County Emergency Medical District’s request for a tax renewal with an increase. Jefferson Township’s attempt at a tax levy for a new fire station and operating expenses failed 777-1,098. All other issues on the ballot passed by substantial margins.

The results released by the Madison County Board of Elections on Election Night are considered unofficial. Still to be counted are provisional ballots and any outstanding absentee ballots. Absentee ballots postmarked by Nov. 1 and received by Nov. 12 will be included in the final tallies. The elections board has until Nov. 23 to certify the final results of the election.

Elections officials were surprised by the overall voter turnout. As of Nov. 2, 9,060 of Madison County’s 25,847 registered voters cast ballots in the Nov. 2 general election. That amounts to a 35 percent voter turnout. In November 2019, the last non-presidential election, the turnout was 23 percent.

“We were pretty shocked that it was as high as it was. We’re always happy with a high turnout,” said Abby Metheney, director of the Madison County Board of Elections.

UNOFFICIAL ELECTION RESULTS

The following are the unofficial results of the Nov. 2 general election in Madison County as reported by the Madison County Board of Elections on Election Night. The board has until Nov. 23 to certify the official results. Apparent winners are marked with an asterisk (*). No apparent winners are marked in races that are too close to call at this time.

ISSUES
Jefferson Township–5.5-mill property tax levy for a continuing period of time for a new fire station and operating expenses
For the levy    777 (41.44%)
*Against the levy    1,098 (58.65%)

Central Townships Joint Fire District–Renewal of a 4.75-mill tax levy for five years to provide fire protection
*For the levy    1,474 (64.37%)
Against the levy    816 (35.63%)

Madison County Emergency Medical District–Renewal of a 3-mill property tax levy with an increase of 1.75 mills for a total tax of 4.75 mills for five years for current expenses
*For the levy    1,190 (51.97%)
Against the levy    1,100 (48.03%)

City of London–Renewal, 2.1-mill property tax levy for five years for operating expenses
*For the levy    980 (61.40%)
Against the levy    616 (38.60%)

Madison-Plains Local Schools–Renewal of a 1.25 percent income tax for 10 years for current expenses
*For the levy    1,025 (50.59%)
Against the levy    1,001 (49.41%)

Range Township–Renewal, 1.7-mill property tax levy for five years for fire protection
*For the levy    236 (84.89%)
Against the levy    42 (15.11%)

Sterling Joint Ambulance District–Renewal of a 1.8-mill property tax for five years for operating expenses
*For the levy    820 (75.79%)
Against the levy    262 (24.21%)

Tri-County Joint Fire District–Renewal of a 2.5-mill property tax levy for five years for current expenses
*For the levy    477 (67.66%)
Against the levy    228 (32.34%)

West Jefferson–Charter amendment, development, redevelopment, public service
*Yes    458 (58.72%)
No    322 (41.28%)

West Jefferson–Charter amendment, hiring and appointment procedures
*Yes    489 (63.34%)
No    283 (36.66%)

West Jefferson–Charter amendment, council vacancies and removal of council members
*Yes    514 (67.01%)
No    253 (32.99%)

West Jefferson–Charter amendment, renumeration for council members and regular meetings
*Yes    465 (60.78%)
No    300 (39.22%)

London Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 950–Sunday sales of wine, mixed beverages and spiritous liquor from 10 a.m. to midnight on Sundays at 16 S. Union St.
*Yes    104 (65.82%)
No    54 (34.18%)

CANDIDATES

CITY OF LONDON GOVERNMENT
London council president
*Henry Comer (R)    1,176 (100%)

London city auditor
*Kenna Combs (R)    1.121 (100%)

London treasurer
*Sue Mosier    1,168 (100%)

London council at-large
(Three seats)
Carla S. Blazier (write-in)    80 (2.35%)
Gregory S. Eades (I)    740 (21.72%)
Joshua E. Peters (R)    1,028 (30.17%)
Brenda S. Russell (I)    742 (21.78%)
John J. Stahl (R)     807 (23.69%)

London council Ward 1
*Andrew A. Hitt    370 (100%)

London council Ward 2
*Richard M. Hays    356 (100%)

London council Ward 3
*David Anthony Smith    95 (100%)

London council Ward 4
*Bryan Robinson    271 (100%)

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VILLAGE GOVERNMENT
Midway council
(Four seats)
*Peg Brown    49 (100%)

Mount Sterling council
(Four seats)
Shawnee Corbin    145 (15.61%)
Andrew Drake    175 (18.84%)
Craig Hix    130 (13.99%)
Robert Longcoy    160 (17.22%)
Becky Martin    152 (16.36%)
William D. Tilley    167 (17.98%)

Plain City mayor
(unexpired term)
*Jody Carney    729 (100%)

Plain City council
(full term ending 12-31-2023 – one seat)
Sherry L. Heineman    247 (32.33%)
Rochelle L. Pellegrene    174 (22.77%)
*James R. Sintz    343 (44.90%)

Plain City council 
(full term ending 12-31-2025 – three seats)
James Eudaily    427 (20.89%)
Kerri Ferguson    386 (18.88%)
Lauren DeCamp Giaimo    347 (16.98%)
Tyler F. Harriman    370 (18.10%)
Michael Steven Terry    514 (25.15%)

West Jefferson council Ward 1
(One seat)
*Samantha Cahill    147 (67.12%)
Jim King    72 (32.88%)

West Jefferson council Ward 2
(One seat)
*Linda Hall    185 (100%)

West Jefferson council Ward 3
(One seat)
*Jennifer Warner    136 (100%)

West Jefferson council Ward 4
(One seat)
*Howard S. Wade Jr.    122 (100%)

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TOWNSHIPS
Two trustee seats were up for election in each township, unless otherwise noted.

Canaan Township trustees
*Mark A. Ishmael    230 (38.92%)
*Don Whitmer    361 (61.08%)

Darby Township trustees
*Klaas R. Friesen    632 (49.57%)
*Myron Mast    643 (50.43%)

Deercreek Township trustees
*Charles Peters III (write-in)    13 (7.26%)
*Robert J. Turvey    160 (89.39%)

Fairfield Township trustees
*Steve R. Denes    227 (47.79%)
*Jeff Marshall    248 (52.21%)

Jefferson Township trustees
Leon Creamer    768 (26.84%)
*Jon Forrest    1,071 (37.43%)
*Steve Rohner    1,022 (35.72%)

Monroe Township trustees
*Phillip A. Adelsberger    174 (39.10%)
*Tony Frey    190 (42.70%)
Jeremy S. Straley    81 (18.20%)

Oak Run Township trustees
*Charles Farmer    113 (52.80%)
*Kelley Manns    101 (47.20%)

Paint Township trustees
*Phillip C. Eades    124 (56.62%)
*Jeff Kimbler    95 (43.38%)

Paint Township fiscal officer
(unexpired term – one seat)
*Valerie Eades    132 (100%)

Pike Township trustees
*Michael K. Boerger    84 (100%)

Pleasant Township trustees
*Darrell Champer    360 (48.13%)
*Brian Wilson Hampton    388 (51.87%)

Pleasant Township trustee
(unexpired term – one seat)
*Mark A. Harden    365 (62.29%)
Timothy J. Phillips    221 (37.71%)

Pleasant Township fiscal officer
(unexpired term – one seat)
*Katheryn I. Endres    547 (100%)

Range Township trustees
*Joel Daniel Call (write-in)    53 (14.60%)
John E. Griffith (write-in)    29 (7.99%)
David A. Junk (write-in)    44 (12.12%)
*Dennis K. Marshall    231 (63.64%)

Somerford Township trustees
Randy Boyce    510 (25.36%)
Bill Laney    411 (20.44%)
*Keith D. O’Connor    534 (26.55%)
*Ernie Sparks    556 (27.65%)

Stokes Township trustees
*Linton Ray Kelley    63 (47.73%)
*Jim Noble    69 (52.27%)

Union Township trustees
*Gary L. Bogenrife    216 (52.68%)
*Mike Sullivan    194 (47.32%)

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SCHOOL BOARDS
Jonathan Alder
(Two seats)
Mary Jo Boyd    548 (15.39%)
*Erica Detweiler    1,178 (33.08%)
Shannon R. Foust    734 (20.61%)
*Sonia T. Walker    1,101 (30.92%)

London
(three seats)
*Ashli Carter    1,112 (15.08%)
*Donovan Cooper    1,424 (19.31%)
Marty Ditello    836 (11.34%)
*Marshall Geib    1,364 (18.50%)
Joseph Harris    830 (11.26%)
Marvin J. Homan    873 (11.84%)
Lisa Reay    934 (12.67%)

London
(unexpired term – one seat)
*Juliet Wendler    1,730 (100%)

Madison-Plains
(Three seats)
*Kelly I. Cooley   990 (33.79%)
*Bryan Stonerock    950 (32.42%)
*Anthoula A. Xenikis    990 (33.79%)

West Jefferson
(Two seats)
Tabatha Bowman    665 (21.33%)
*Whitney Duemmel    1,035 (33.19%)
Erica Fortune 627    (20.11%)
*Addie G. Newman 791    (25.37%)

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