LANCASTER – Liberty Township voters turned back the pages of time and elected 20- year veteran Trustee Dave Keller back to office after he was voted out four years ago. Trusteeelect Randy Kemmerer won the second open trustee position. In 2003, current trustees Nancy Montell and Tim Linkhorn upset Keller and former Trustee Keith Taylor, however this time Montell was voted out and Linkhorn didn’t seek another term since he is leaving the area.
According to unofficial Fairfield County election results, Tuesday night Keller garnered 937 votes, Kemmerer got 817, Montell garnered 650 votes, and challengers Betsy Alt received 794 votes, Robert Badgeley 646 votes, and William Putnam 588 votes.
“We can do more on the fiscal responsibility side,” said Keller. He wants to eliminate the township administrator’s position, improve the township’s meeting facility, and pursue state grants once he returns to office.
“We’ve got to get our zoning straightened around,” said Kemmerer, who is Walnut Township’s road supervisor. He said he’s aware of drainage problems around Liberty Township and he’s looking forward to blacktopping tow nship roads. However, Kemmerer wants to discuss future plans for the township with Keller and Trustee Ivan Ety. “We need to sit down and hash things out,” he said.
Meanwhile, there was no change on the Liberty Union- Thurston School Board as three incumbents retained their positions, besting sole challenger Cena Grimm. Recently appointed board member Shaun Hochradel received 1366 votes, John Hutton got 1308 votes, S. Michael Raver garnered 1223, and Grimm got 872 votes.
On the Walnut Township School Board, incumbent Carol King retained her position with 1049 votes and board memberelect Tom Cumbow defeated candidate Sandra K. Lines 742 votes to 551 for a second school board position. John Slater II did not seek reelection.Voters renewed the district’s five year 2.1 mill emergency levy by a 949-677 vote.
Just three incumbents were on the ballot for four seats on Baltimore Village Council. Vote totals were: James Hochradel, 533 votes; K. Dwayne Mohler, 475 votes, and Robert Hankinson, 438 votes. Council will appoint a person to one remaining position. Baltimore and Liberty Township voters also approved a continuing 3 mill replacement levy for fire protection by a 1,804 -762 margin.
In one of the lake area’s most hotly contested races, seven candidates sought two trustee positions in Walnut Township. First time candidate Terry Horn ran away from the field, garnering 991 votes. Two-term incumbent Sonny Dupler holds a very narrow two vote lead over Millersport Fire Chief Bill Yates. His unofficial running partner, John W. Slater II, came in third with 550 votes, followed by former Trustee Paul T. Whitaker with 523, two-term incumbent Wally Gabriel with 379 and Rick Thompson with 356.
“I want to build bridges with the community,” Horn told The Beacon Wednesday. “I will do my best to serve the community to the best of my ability and to be accountable for the decisions I make.” Horn decided in early July to make his first bid for office. “I saw there was a need and though I could add some value to the process.”
Township voters agreed to turn the township’s last five year fire levy into a permanent levy. The one mill replacement levy was approved by a 1,413 to 822 tally. Walnut Township now has permanent fire levies in place totalling six mills.
In other Buckeye Lake area rea Fairfield County elections:
• Millersport Village Council (four seats) Gary Matheny- 263 Donna Thogmartin- 250 Charles Mesko- 205
Jim Wright- 184
• Pleasantville Village Council (4 seats)
Chad West- 108 William Mason- 93 John Snook- 83 Mary Minnie Scholl- 73
Randy Mathew Asher- 66
• Thurston Village Council (four seats)
Jimmy Barber, Jr.- 70 Russell Hite- 51 Raymond Robinson- 47
Garry Boring- 43
• Thurston Village 2.5 mills replacement fire levy
For- 58 Against- 47