2009-11-07 / Front Page

Election results mixed in lake area races

Perry County voters elect familiar faces
By Scott Rawdon

NEW LEXI Everyone elected to Thornville and Thorn Township positions were either incumbents or had served their communities in other capacities. According to Tuesday night’s unofficial election results, Thorn Township Trustee Rick Wilson was reelected and township Zoning Inspector Dale Factor won a trustee seat. Wilson received 685 votes and Factor earned 413, followed by trustee candidates Marci McCaulay with 406, former county commissioner Thad Cooperrider with 347, Linda Meyer with 337, and Dennis Lavender with 268 votes.

“I’d like to thank my wife, Karen, first of all,” said Factor, as well as everyone who supported him. There will be a recount between Factor and McCauley and provisional ballots are yet to be counted, but Factor said he feels pretty comfortable with his lead. As far as the major issues he believes he faces during his term, “Fire and EMS, always,” he said. “Zoning’s always an issue.”

“I’d like to get rid of the gravel roads if we can,” said Wilson, who said that finishing a new fire station and adding full-time staff to it top the list of important township issues for the next four years.

There was little drama in the Thornville Village Council race, where an open seat still remains for January. Incumbent Dayna Patrick earned 217 votes, incumbent Lynne Snider received 167 and former mayor Dale Brussee joins the council with 157 votes. Current Mayor Beth Patrick said the village would accept applications for a remaining council seat in January. If council doesn’t appoint someone within 30 days, she’ll appoint someone.

Thornville voters approved a .05 mills parks and recreation levy 223 vote for it to 131 against. Patrick said the revenue would go toward park maintenance and purchasing new equipment.

Richard France, Northern Local School District’s sole incumbent seeking re-election, retained his place on the board with 1322 votes. Candidates Daniel Snider, with 2156 votes, and Patrick Hogan, with 1796, will join France on the board. Candidates Shawn Wharton, with 1298 votes, Charles Montgomery, with 754 votes, and Brian W. Luft II with 401 votes, did not earn seats.

In other Perry County races:

• Hopewell Township Trustees (two seats)

David Ours- 389 Chad Wilkins- 362 Todd Shafer- 300

James Sturgeon- 273

• Perry County Library Tax Levy

For- 5277 Against-3503

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