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Commissioner reelected; auditor defeated

NEW LEXINGTON – Incumbent Republican Perry County Commissioner David Freriks handily held onto his position, defeating Democratic challenger Todd Shafer 5,378 votes to 3,546 votes, or 60.26 percent to 39.74 percent, according to unofficial results following Tuesday night’s election.

“It was good, we worked really hard,” Freriks said, while in the process of collecting political signs Wednesday morning. He thanked all the people who of- fered their time, effort, and money to help him achieve re-election, and especially Somerset Mayor Tom Johnson and, “my wife, being my best supporter.” Otherwise, he said there were too many to mention by name.

In another Republican victory, Perry County Auditor candidate Drew Cannon defeated Democratic incumbent Teresa Stevenson for the auditor’s position, which she held for two terms. Cannon defeated Stevenson in a closer race, 4,900 votes to 4,134, or 54.24 percent to 45.76 percent. “I’m really excited; I’m getting ready for work,” Cannon said. He thanked everyone who supported him, especially his wife and family. “Without them, it wouldn’t have been possible,” Cannon said. “It was truly a team effort. There were lots of long days.”

Thornville’s 0.5 mill renewal parks levy passed strongly 179 votes to 108, or 62.37 percent to 37.63 percent. “I would like to thank the residents for passing the replacement levy for parks and recreation,” said Thornville Mayor Gavin Renner. “We’re fortunate as a community to be able to provide park facilities for youth recreational baseball, community gatherings, pool, outdoor movies and other outdoor activities.” He said he appreciates the community is able to provide financial support in the form of property taxes, and, “additional support comes through the spirit of community and volunteerism. All of these factors will allow the village to continue to provide these facilities and continue to make our community a great place to live.”

Thorn Township Trustees weren’t as fortunate as the township’s two-mill additional roads levy failed 752 against, to 608 votes in favor, or 55.29 percent to 44.71 percent. “We’ll have to sit down and re-evaluate,” said Trustee Robert Coleman. He said he wouldn’t be sure if another levy attempt would appear on the ballot anytime soon until the trustees have a chance to discuss the situation. “We’ll just have to re-evaluate everything and go from there,” Coleman said.

Trustee Rick Wilson said he doubted the trustees would make attempt another attempt, considering this was the third levy failure. “I don’t think we’ll go back on the ballot soon,” he said. Wilson said the township no longer receives income from federal Issue 2 grants or Community Development Block Grants. “The government takes away our money,” he said, however, “the people have spoken. We’ll have to work on some other way to get money.”

In other Perry County races,

• The Perry County Developmental Disabilities 2.5-mill additional levy failed 4,614 votes against to 4,331 votes in favor, or 51.58 percent to 48.42 percent.

• The Perry County Children’s Services 0.8 mill additional levy also failed 4,911 against to 4,028 in favor, or 54.94 percent to 45.06 percent.

• Glenford’s 2.3 mills replacement levy passed by a 6-0 vote.

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