Updated Wed, Nov 7, 2012 8:56 am
A Washington County school district hoping the seventh time was the charm for a tax levy and bond issue received disappointing news this Election Day.
Voters in the Warren School District levy failed the issue, which was first presented in the May 2010 election. The Warren Local School District Bond Issue and Tax Levy was a 5 mill levy and bond issue for construction of a new high school, an issue that school officials were hoping would finally pass.
The levy was defeated in Washington County with 4,504 votes against the levy (61.28%) and 2,848 votes for the levy (38.74%), a difference of 1,656 votes. Residents of Bern Township in Athens County also voted on the levy, with 30 people voting against the levy (73.17%) and 11 voting for the it (26.83%).
Additionally, the Washington County Children Services Board and Care Placement of Children tax levy failed with 14,273 votes against the levy (50.76%) and 13,845 votes for (49.24%), a difference of 428 votes.
Results also show Republican David White taking the lead in the county commissioner race with a total of 15,540 votes (57.11%). His opposition, Democrat Peg Littler had 11,673 votes (42.89%). In the other county commissioner race, Republican Ron Feathers had a total of 13,769 (50.59%) votes. Incumbent Democrat Cora Marshall followed up with 13,448 votes (49.41%).
Because Independent Chris Forshey dropped out of the county sheriff's race in October, Republican incumbent Larry Mincks will hold the post of Washington County sheriff.
Finally, in the race for Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, Democrat Randall Burnworth took the lead with 12,597 votes (52.50%) over Republican Mark Kerenyi's 11,397 votes (47.50%).