Crall, Kent win party races; CPD levy passes
By Sarah Einselen
Election night was long, but satisfying, for some candidates for elected office.
At about 11:30 p.m., those gathered in the basement of the Crawford County Courthouse were handed sheets of paper declaring the unofficial counts from all 41 county precincts. It came nearly two hours after the previous midway tallies had been distributed. The official count will be announced in ten days, once all provisional ballots are included.
Bucyrus prosecutor and law director Matthew Crall won 60 percent of the vote for a victory over 10-year county prosecuting attorney Stanley Flegm in the primary race for the prosecutor’s seat.
“I’m humbled by the support of the Republican voters and the people who helped out with the campaign,” Crall said. Next, he will face Democratic candidate Jack Felgenhauer in the November general election.
Deputy sheriff Scott Kent defeated fellow deputy Chris Heydinger with just 52 percent of the vote in the Democratic race for county sheriff.
“It’s pretty exciting right now and hasn’t really sunk in yet,” Kent said in a phone interview just after midnight. The realization will set in over the next couple of days, he said, then he’ll hunker back down to business as usual and preparations for the November election. He’ll face off with Republican candidate Roger E. Hetzel then.
Crawford parks director Bill Fisher and naturalist Josh Dyer were both on the scene at the courthouse until results were announced. Once they found out the park district levy passed–by 54 percent–they knew they could start breathing easier.
“It’s a sigh of relief that we can continue to serve Crawford County with the quality programs we have,” Fisher said. “We appreciate the support of everybody who helped pass the levy and everybody who supported the parks.”
The levy means that the Lowe-Volk Nature Center will return to full operating hours, including a full day Saturday and Monday and half-day on Sunday afternoons. The staff will also be able to carry out some maintenance projects that had been postponed because of budget tightening, Fisher said.
Longtime Galion resident Dave Dayne lost in his bid for a county commissioner’s seat. Steve Reinhard was elected with a whopping 80 percent of the vote, a result Dayne hadn’t expected.
“I’m sure appreciative of the people that did vote for me,” Dayne said. He and his wife joked that a long honey-do list awaited him now that he wouldn’t be busy with campaigning for the general election.
Reinhard, on the other hand, will face Floyd J. Reinhart in November. Reinhard the Republican will struggle with establishing name recognition, he said, since the candidates’ surnames are so similar.
“Dave Dayne has always been a good asset in Galion,” Reinhard said. He referred to a statement Dayne had made during the campaign, “we’re not running against each other, we’re running for the office.” He praised the non-combative attitude that prevailed between the two of them.
“We’ll probably campaign that way in the fall,” Reinhard said. “In the end, everybody in a county our size needs to work together.”
Mark Baker won 63 percent of the vote in the county engineer’s race, defeating Bart Dennison. No Democratic candidate filed a candidacy for that office.
For the state representative’s race, Dennis Sterling lost the county to incumbent Jeff McClain by a wide margin, winning just a quarter of the county’s votes.
The Bucyrus city income tax was voted down by 55 percent of city residents, who also gave a thumbs down to the Bucyrus library levy, 56 percent to 44 percent. The Crestline school levy renewal passed by just 53 percent. Wynford’s two renewal levies passed with 62 percent of the vote. Cranberry Township’s replacement levy also passed with flying colors, by 83 percent.
In the U.S. Presidential primaries, Rick Santorum took the county’s GOP nomination with 44 percent of the vote. Mitt Romney won 31 percent and Newt Gingrich got 14 percent, followed by Ron Paul with 10 percent. Rick Perry and John Huntsman each got less than a hundred votes.
Josh Mandel won the county’s Republican nomination for U.S. Senator handily, getting 57 percent of the vote among a race with five contenders. Michael L. Pryce came in with 17 percent and Donna K. Glisman with 13 percent.
Turnout in Crawford County stood at 33 percent as of Tuesday night. Final, official results will be tallied and released after ten days, at which time provisional ballots will be considered. Tuesday night’s results included absentee ballots.