Aberdeen tax levy voted down in primary election

Damon Huff - [email protected] - Jonathan Wright - [email protected]
Ohio primary elections were held Tuesday, May 8. Pictured, from left, are Aberdeen Council member Billie Eitel, Aberdeen Chief of Police David Benjamin and Democratic candidate for Brown County Auditor Margaret Triplett. - Terry Prather, The Ledger Independent

A police tax levy for the Village of Aberdeen was voted down in the 2018 Ohio primary election.

Ohioans went to the polls on Tuesday, May 8 for the primary election, with a 17 percent voter turnout in Brown County and a 20 percent turnout in Adams.

One of the hot button issues on local ballots In Aberdeen was a proposed tax levy for the village. Proponents of the levy have stated that it is needed to continue funding the Aberdeen Police Department efficiently while also helping the village fund a new police and administration building. Opponents of the measure alleged that the tax was too hefty on some Aberdeen citizens.

When the election results came in Tuesday night, Aberdeen voters ultimately voted 179-129 against the levy. 58 percent of voters voted against and 42 percent of voters voted for.

The Eastern Joint Fire and EMS Tax Levy was passed by a vote of 2,453 (63 percent) to 1,431 (37 percent). The Brown County 911 Tax levy was also renewed by a vote of 3,665 (78 percent) to 1,025 (22 percent).

In the race for U.S. Congress Second District, Jill Schiller won Brown County with 40 percent of the vote and is expected to beat out Janet Everhard and William Smith for the Democratic nomination.

Zachary Triplett was elected to the State Central Committee, winning with 52 percent of the vote, beating out Timothy Hogan Jr. (36 percent) and William Ogg (11 percent).

Greg Simpson beat out Greg Lang for a position on the Republican State Central Committee, beating Lang 1,450 votes to 1,225.

Kay Reynolds was also nominated to the State Central Committee, beating Thea Shoemake with 75 percent of the vote.

Incumbent Tony Applegate won the Republican nomination for County Commissioner 2,110 (67 percent) to David Daniel’s 1,017 (33 percent). Applegate will be running unopposed in the general election.

Paul Edward Hall won the Republican nomination for County Central Committee from Sterling Township. He beat David W. Miller 71 votes to 37.

In Adams County, Ohio, Janet Everhard managed a close victory for the Second District Representative with almost 41 percent of the votes, just a step ahead of Jill Schiller, who had 39 percent.

The State Central Committee 14th District member was chosen with 52 percent of the votes given to Timothy S. Hogan Jr. while the other half of votes were split between William K. Ogg at 23 percent and Zachary Triplett with 26 percent.

The battle for State Representative of the 90th District saw a decisive victory by Adrienne D. Buckler with 499 votes, around 75 percent, over Joni L. Fearing.

It was a close finish for the Republican Govenor nominee, with almost 55 percent of votes put Mike DeWine as the victor over Mary Taylor.

Treasurer of state came down to the wire between candidates Sandra O’Brian and Robert Sprague. After a near equal split of 49 and 51 percent of votes, Sprague came out on top.

Jim Renacci appeared victorious for U.S. Senate, with around 41 percent of the votes. Mike Gibbons came close behind Renacci, with nearly 36 percent.

For Judge of Court of Appeals 4th District, Kris D. Blanton won out over Jason P. Smith with 1876 votes to Smith’s 517.

State Central Committee 14th District saw Greg Simpson the victor over Greg Lang with 69 percent of the votes. For the women, Kay Reynolds won the nomination for the Committee with 74 percent of the votes over Thea Shoemake with 26 percent.

Brian Baldridge with almost 61 percent of votes, propelled him to the State Representative of the 90th District.

The levy for the West Union Fire was voted upon, with almost 220 voters in opposition to the levy; around 38 percent of voters, 136 for the levy.

The Scott Township Cemetery Renewal Levy saw greater success. Nearly 69 percent voted for the levy, while 32 percent were against.

In the gubernatorial race, Richard Cordray came out on top in Brown County with 72 percent of the vote. He was followed by Dennis Kucinich with 12 percent, Bill O’Neill with six percent, Paul E. Ray with four percent, Joe Schiavoni with three percent and Larry Ealy with two percent. Cordray also won Adams County with similar numbers.

Cordray is projected to win the state relatively handily.

In the U.S. Congressional primary, Jill Schiller won out in Brown County with 41 percent of the vote against Janet Everhard (38 percent) and William Smith (21 percent).Everhard won Adams County, however, with 41 percent of the vote.

Schiller is projected to win state-wide and will face brad Wenstrup for his seat in November.

Jeff Richards defeated Brian Flick in Brown County and the district, getting 57 percent of the vote to opponent Brian Flick’s 43 percent.

Richards will face incumbent Doug Green in the general election.

Current Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor won Brown County with 51 percent of the vote, but Mike DeWine won Adams with 55 percent of the vote. Mike DeWine is projected to win the state after a fiery primary.

The gubernatorial election in November is projected to be Cordray against DeWine.

In the Treasurer election, Robert Sprague beat Sandra O’Brien in Brown 55 percent to 45 percent. The winner of the race will face Rob Richardson in November.

Issue One, consisting of several Congressional redistricting process changes, was approved with a statewide 75 percent yes to 26 percent no.

Ohio primary elections were held Tuesday, May 8. Pictured, from left, are Aberdeen Council member Billie Eitel, Aberdeen Chief of Police David Benjamin and Democratic candidate for Brown County Auditor Margaret Triplett.
https://maysville-online.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_050918-news-levy.jpgOhio primary elections were held Tuesday, May 8. Pictured, from left, are Aberdeen Council member Billie Eitel, Aberdeen Chief of Police David Benjamin and Democratic candidate for Brown County Auditor Margaret Triplett. Terry Prather, The Ledger Independent

Damon Huff

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Jonathan Wright

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