TIFFIN — Seneca County Commissioner Michael Kerschner, of Tiffin, was elected for another four-year term Tuesday, defeating challenger Cheryl Radin-Norman, Tiffin.

Kerschner retained his seat with unofficial vote results of 12,777 to 5,579.

“I’m thrilled with the support I’ve received,” he said after seeing the results. “I’m happily surprised with the margin of victory. Thanks to all those who voted for me.”

Kerschner has said drug abuse, county finances and access to safety services are among the most pressing issues the county is facing.

Kerschner worked in the banking industry for more than 40 years, holding titles of vice president of BancOhio National Bank, CEO of Tiffin Savings Bank, president and CEO of Old Fort Banking Co. and the holding company, Gillmor Financial Services.

School levy OK’d

Hopewell-Loudon School District voters approved the renewal of a 4.5-mill property tax Tuesday.

Unofficial results show 985 votes for and 750 against.

The five-year levy generates $570,000 a year for staffing, course offerings, programming salaries, utilities and supplies.

The current levy expires in 2019. The renewal will continue collection in 2020.

The levy first was passed in 2008 and again in 2014.