By KATHRYNE RUBRIGHT
STAFF WRITER

OTTAWA — John C. Schlumbohm won the only contested countywide race in Putnam County Tuesday.

He got 3,439 votes to Franklin T. Miller’s 828 in the Republican primary for a county commissioner seat.

Schlumbohm, of Pandora, and Miller, of Ottawa, were running for the seat Commissioner John Love will vacate. He did not seek re-election.

No Democrats filed for the post.

Also Tuesday, voters gave Ottawa-Glandorf Local Schools a continuing 1 percent income tax by a vote of 1,285 to 973.

The tax is in addition to a half-percent income tax the district already collects. The new tax is expected to produce $2.5 million a year.

The district cited all-day kindergarten, technology purchases, health care costs, and changes in the state budget as reasons it needs more money.

Separately, an emergency levy requested by Patrick Henry Local Schools narrowly failed Tuesday, just as it did in November.

Five Putnam County voters approved the levy, while three voters turned it down. The district is primarily located in Henry County, where it was rejected by 529 votes to 526. Disapproval was stronger in Wood County, where the levy was shot down 13 to two.

In total, the levy failed by 12 votes, 545 to 533.

The district sought a three-year renewal of an emergency levy that generates $746,765 annually for school operations.

An emergency levy generates a fixed dollar amount, so the millage changes as property values change. The rate was estimated at 4.2 mills on the May ballot. The levy would have cost $128 per year for the owner of a home appraised at $100,000.

Tuesday’s results are unofficial and include absentee ballots.

State issue, races

Here’s how Putnam County voted on the statewide issue and races:

  • State Issue 1, establishing a new process for congressional redistricting: 3,713 yes; 1,678 no.
  • Republican governor: Mike DeWine, 3,085; Mary Taylor, 1,436.
  • Democratic governor: Richard Cordray, 620; Larry Ealy, 16; Dennis Kucinich, 167; Bill O’Neill, 36; Paul Ray, 96; Joe Schiavoni, 38.
  • Republican state treasurer: Sandra O’Brien, 1,595; Robert Sprague, 2,332.
  • Republican U.S. Senate: Melissa Ackison, 637; Don Elijah Eckhart, 187; Mike Gibbons, 1,208; Dan Kiley, 220; Jim Renacci, 1,608.

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