By ERIC SCHAADT
NAPOLEON — Henry County voters on Tuesday selected a new county prosecutor and new county recorder, according to unofficial vote totals.
In the race for prosecutor, Democrat Gwen Howe-Gebers, 53, of rural Holgate, edged Republican Thomas Manahan, 60, of Napoleon, by 7,058 (53 percent) to 6,348 (47 percent), according to the Henry County Board of Elections.
Howe-Gebers is an assistant Wood County prosecutor. An attorney, Manahan also is a prosecutor for the city of Napoleon.
The term is for four years.
Manahan had unseated county Prosecutor Hawken Flanagan in the Republican primary last spring.
The new county recorder will be Republican Brandi Baden, who gathered 6,642 votes (50 percent) to 3,264 (25 percent) for Democrat Dawn Bischoff, both of rural Napoleon, and 3,357 (25 percent) for independent candidate Christy Prigge of Hamler.
Baden, 29, is a deputy auditor in the Henry County Auditor’s Office.
Prigge, 39, is employed in the county recorder’s office. Bischoff is chief deputy clerk of the Henry County family court, juvenile division.
None of the three has held elected public office.
Baden will replace Sara Myles, who did not run for another four-year term.
In the lone countywide tax issue, voters gave approval to a 1.2-mill renewal tax for the Henry County Health District. The tally was 8,192 to 5,230.
This five-year tax, which finances operating expenses, raises $724,000 a year, according to the auditor’s office. A person with a house appraised at $100,000 pays $30 a year.
Deshler voters renewed a five-year, 1.4-mill levy for current expenses, by a vote of 404 to 326.
The levy generates $15,700 a year. A person with a $100,000 house pays $16.85 a year.
Holgate voters embraced an additional 2.15-mill, continuing levy for street and bridge construction by a count of 253 to 184.
The levy will generate $25,000 annually and a person with a $100,000 home will pay $75.25 a year.
Henry County voters joined the electorate in nearby counties in favoring a 0.7-mill renewal levy for five years for current expenses of the Four County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services.
The unofficial tally was 36,935 for and 18,483 against.
The four-county vote breakdown was Williams County, 2,830 for, 1,390 against; Fulton County 13,883 for, 6,498 against; Defiance County 12,039 for, 5,338 against; and Henry County, 8,183 for, 5,257 against.
The levy generates $1.7 million a year, according to the Defiance County Auditor’s Office. A person with a $100,000 home pays $16.75 annually.
Also, the Four County Joint Vocational School District won approval for an additional 1-mill levy for a continuing time to fund current expenses. The overall vote total was 28,621 for and 23,422 against.
Numbers from the Fulton County Auditor’s Office indicate the levy will bring in $3.3 million annually. A person with a $100,000 house will pay $35 a year.
The vote breakdown was Defiance County, 9,932 for, 7,382 against; Fulton County, 9,450 for, 7,629 against; Henry County, 7,082 for, 6,359 against; and Williams County, 2,157 for, 2,052 against.
National, state races
Here’s how Henry County voted in the presidential, U.S. Senate, and Ohio Supreme Court races:
President: Republican Donald Trump, 9,136 votes; Democrat Hillary Clinton, 3,690 votes; Libertarian Gary Johnson, 638; Green Party candidate Jill Stein, 108; independent Richard Duncan, 99.
U.S. senator: Republican Rob Portman, 9,136 votes; Democrat Ted Strickland, 3,031 votes; Green Party candidate Joseph DeMare, 190; independent Tom Connors, 249; independent Scott Rupert, 219.
Ohio Supreme Court justice:
First seat: Republican Pat Fischer, 5,174 votes; Democrat John O’Donnell, 4,893 votes.
Second seat: Democrat Cynthia Rice, 3,288 votes; Republican Pat DeWine, 7,543 votes.
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