By ERIC SCHAADT
BOWLING GREEN — An incumbent Wood County Republican commissioner resoundingly won her party’s nod Tuesday to advance to the fall election.
Unofficial totals from the Wood County Board of Elections show Commissioner Doris Herringshaw collected 3,663 votes (73 percent) compared to 906 (18 percent) for James Matuszak and 458 (9 percent) for Kristi Kennelly.
Both challengers hail from Perrysburg.
Herringshaw, 64, of Bowling Green, now will seek a full, four-year term in November, when she will compete with Democrat Andrew Newlove of Bowling Green.
Herringshaw was appointed to the post last year to replace former Wood County Commissioner Tim Brown.
Herringshaw is a retired educator with the Wood County Extension Office.
Also, a few Wood County voters cast ballots on a levy to help pay for renovating Patrick Henry schools and consolidating its elementary school buildings.
By a margin of 3 to 14, Wood County voters were against the 1.9-mill levy. But when added to vote totals in Henry and Putnam counties, the levy was approved 697 to 642.
The tax will help pay for more classrooms at Patrick Henry’s middle and high schools. Malinta-Grelton Elementary School and Deshler Elementary School then will be closed and those students sent to the Patrick Henry campus.
A person with a home appraised at $100,000 will pay $66.50 a year.
Here’s how Wood County voted on:
State Issue 1, to renew a bond program for infrastructure: Yes, 5,973. No, 3,241.
Democratic primary for governor: Larry Ealy, 376 votes;
Edward FitzGerald, 2,420 votes.
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