By JIM MAURER
TIFFIN — Seneca County Republicans on Tuesday nominated Mike Kerschner of Tiffin as their county commissioner candidate.
It was the only county race on the primary ballot, according to the Seneca County elections board.
All vote totals are unofficial and include absentee ballots.
Kerschner received 3,093 votes, while Philip Frankart, of 4720 S. Seneca County 591, New Riegel, received 1,348 votes.
Kerschner will face former Commissioner Dave Sauber, an independent, in November. The winner will replace Commissioner Jeff Wagner, who is not seeking re-election.
No Democrats filed for the seat.
Kerschner retired in 2007 as chief executive officer of Old Fort Banking Co. This was his first attempt at public office.
Three school taxes were renewed by voters Tuesday:
• Hopewell-Loudon School District’s 5.24-mill, five-year emergency levy renewal was approved by a vote of 570 to 351. The tax generates $570,000 annually for day-to-day operations.
• Tiffin School District’s 4.67-mill, five-year emergency levy renewal was approved by a vote of 2,248 to 1,141. It generates $1.64 million annually for day-to-day operations, according to Treasurer Sharon Perry.
• Mohawk School District’s renewal of 1 percent, five-year income tax for expenses was approved by a vote of 568 to 424.
Vote totals are from three counties: Wyandot, 192 in favor, 120 against; Seneca, 359 in favor, 272 against; and Crawford, 17 in favor, 32 against.
Ohio House race
Results were not available late Tuesday for the write-in candidates for the 88th District seat in the Ohio House, held by Rex Damschroder, R-Fremont.
Republican write-in candidates include Rex’s wife, Rhonda Damschroder of Fremont; Richard Geyer of Sandusky County; and Bill Reineke Jr. of Tiffin.
There were no candidates on the ballot for the Ohio House seat. The district includes Sandusky County and a portion of Seneca County.
Rex Damschroder intended to be on the ballot, but withdrew his candidacy after it was discovered he made a mistake when he filed petitions for re-election. He would have been unopposed.
Rhonda Damschroder filed as a “placeholder” candidate. If she wins the Republican primary, she said she will resign as the nominee. Republican Party leaders in Sandusky and Seneca counties would have the option of naming Rex Damschroder as the candidate to replace her on the fall ballot.
The Repubican nominee will face Democrat Bill Young in November.
Here’s how Seneca County voted on:
State Issue 1, to renew a bond program for infrastructure: yes, 1,575, no, 831.
Democratic primary for governor: Larry Ealy, 346 votes; Edward FitzGerald, 1,153 votes.
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