2007-11-10 / Front Page

Incumbents prevail in Fairfield County

By Scott Rawdon

LANCASTER- Liberty Township Trustee incumbent Ivan Ety said there were "a couple nerve-wracking days" before the election, but in the end there was no need for him to be stressed. Ety won a fifth term with 579 votes, according to unofficial results from the Fairfield County Board of Elections. Ety defeated candidate Ron Galliher, who earned 425 votes; candidate and former trustee Dave Keller, who earned 301 votes, and candidate Randy Kemmerer, who earned 283 votes. Ety attributed much of his success to all the people who got out and spoke with citizens personally on his behalf. A political sign, he said, is no substitute for meeting with people face to face. "They don't count signs, they count votes," said Ety, who was clear that none of his supporters interfered with any of his opponents' political signs, despite claims by his opponents of sign stealing and vandalism among the candidates. Looking to his next term, Ety anticipates another four years of dealing with growth, such as new residential subdivisions, within the township. "It's hard to say what'll pop up," he said.

Also in Liberty Township, Fiscal Officer Dan Alt ran unopposed, earning 1176 votes.

Elsewhere in Fairfield County, it was a strong election for the incumbents:

  • Long-time Walnut Township Trustee incumbent Ralph Zollinger defeated challenger Bill Yates, 872 votes to 629. Similarly,
  • Walnut Township Fiscal OfficerPauline Ety defeated challenger John Singleton 923 votes to 565.

    Walnut Township voters were in a generous mood as they approved two one-mill fire/EMS replacement levies. Both levies will be continous. The first one was approved 866-680. Some voters obviously thought one was enough as the second levy was approved by a 819-721 vote.

  • In Millersport, incumbent Mayor Dean Severance handily defeated challenger and council member Jim Wright, 244 votes to 40. On Millersport Village Council, incumbents Dave Levacy and Sandra Lines ran unopposed, receiving 217 and 167 votes respectively. For the Millersport Board of Public Affairs, David Sherrer and Christopher Tennant tallied 217 and 161 votes respectively.
  • In Thurston races, incumbent Mayor Mary Barber defeated challenger Russell Hite 62 votes to 40. Clerk Treasurer Aaron Reedy ran unopposed, picking up 71 votes. On council, members Raymond Robinson and Mary-Jo Hite ran unopposed, polling 59 votes and 54 respectively.
  • Long time Baltimore Mayor Bob Kalish ran unopposed, receiving 382 votes, and Baltimore council members Chuck Keller and Tony House ran unopposed, each garnering 345 and 276 votes respectively.
  • On the Walnut Township School Board, incumbent David Brookover garnered the most votes with 732; newcomer Vince Popo receoved 700 votes and replaced Dr. Sarah Alley, who didn't seek reelection; and incumbent Faye Whitaker earned another term with 520 votes. Candidates Shane Wise and Walter Knox came in fourth and fifth with 444 and 368 votes respectively.
  • Liberty Union-Thurston School Board members Joe Farmer, who received 1044 votes, , and Art Brate, who tallied 781 votes, each ran unopposed, as did member Kevin Byers, who garnered 1008 votes for an unexpired term.
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