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Carpenter wins county commissioner race

NEW LEXINGTON – For Perry County Commissionerelect Ben Carpenter, Jan. 2, 2017 can’t arrive soon enough.

“I’m anxious to get started,” said Carpenter, who defeated two-term incumbent Commissioner Ed Keister 8566 votes to 5799 Tuesday night, according to unofficial results. “I want to get out there and get on the job,” Carpenter said. He said his goal is for the commissioners to be more “visible” in the community and listen to Perry County residents’ concerns.

Carpenter said some of those concerns include providing water to areas of Southern Perry County and lack of county jail space. He said he would like more public meetings as a commissioner. “We need to let folks have access to the commissioners,” Carpenter said. He also plans to do what he can to attract businesses in to the county.

Incumbent Commissioner Jim O’Brien won a second term unopposed, receiving 9417 votes. “I’m eager to get started on the new term,” he said, adding he is grateful for the strong support he received.

Elsewhere in Perry County:

• Thorn Township’s 3-mill additional fire levy was approved by a 1177- 990 vote. “I’d like to thank the voters,” said Thorn Township Fire Chief Jeremy Weekly. He said revenue from the new levy will allow the department to be staffed 24-hours a day. “We’ll have three people all the time,” Weekly said.

He said a very dedicated group of supporters worked hard to inform voters about the new levy. Until now, Weekly said the T department had to rely strictly on volunteers or mutual aid from neighboring departments if volunteers weren’t available from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. daily. The levy will allow the department to operate more independently.

• The Village of Glenford scored a trifecta by passing all three of the levies it placed on the ballot. A one-mill replacement levy passed 56 to 19, a 1.5-mill replacement levy passed 50 to 26, and 2.3-mill replacement levy passed 43 to 32.

“I thank the whole village for it,” said Glenford Mayor Leonard Sheppard. “It was a necessity; this is what we operate on.” He said if the levies failed, “We’d have had to shut her down,” referring to the village.

• Incumbent Perry County Sheriff William Barker handily defeated challenger Amy Nash English 9158 votes to 5403.

• Roseville’s marijuana ordinance passed 152 to 130 votes, but its 4-mill renewal levy failed by a 154-138 vote.

• Somerset voters were feeling generous, approving the village’s 6.5-mill replacement and additional tax levy 364 votes to 257, and Somerset voters approved its aggregation ordinance 309 votes to 293. The Somerset Legion’s Sunday sales option was approved 427 votes in favor to 194 opposed.

• Perry County Prosecuting Attorney Joseph Flautt, Clerk of Courts Timothy Wollenberg, County Recorder Jackie Hoover, County Treasurer Melissa Leasa Walter, County Engineer Kenton Cannon, and Coroner Bradley Wilson all ran unopposed.

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