Poll worker Dave Maxey, left, and Cody Logsdon pose together on Election Day.
By Nathan Scholes
St. Elmo residents made their approval of incumbent mayor Ernie Myers during the consolidated election on Tuesday, April 4. The one-term mayor received a second stint, securing 78 percent of the vote against write-in candidate Dennis Haslett. Haslett received 14 percent of the vote.
Rebecca Werner and Mary Magnus will return to their posts as city clerk and treasurer, respectively. They both won uncontested races. Werner received 77 percent of the vote while Magnus scored 89 percent.
In Brownstown, Virginia Wilber retained her seat as village president. William Lytle III and Billie Enlow were elected to serve as trustees. Lytle’s seat is for a two-year unexpired term.
The Brownstown CUSD Board of Education race saw six individuals running for four seats. Laura Willms, Chad Towler, Andy Elam, and Randy Mason all secured seats. Willms received 165 votes, Towler earned 137, Elam collected 130, and Mason won 127. Brad Koonce and Donald Lovett were the other candidates.
The St. Elmo school board saw incumbents Chad Wilhour, Kevin Maxey, Andra Carson, and Douglas Aderman return to their seats with no challenge.
Park district seats in both St. Elmo and Brownstown were also settled. St. Elmo board members Danny Tish, Daryl Calvert, and Kimberly Baron will serve four-year terms. No candidates filed for a two-year unexpired term.
A similar scenario transpired in Brownstown. Gail Lytle ran unopposed for a four-year term, but a two-year unexpired term remains open after the election.
Randy Wolf will serve Avena Township as supervisor and Josh Ledbetter defeated Michelle Stewart, 362-92, for the township clerk position. Kyle Scholes ran unopposed for township assessor. Doug Engeljohn prevailed over challenger Roger Morrison for the township’s highway commissioner role, and David Ledbetter, Larry Koberlein, Albert Niemeyer, and Lynn Tappendorf emerged victorious in the Avena trustee race. John Stewart was the fifth candidate. Ledbetter received 75 percent of the vote, Koberlein 69 percent, Niemeyer 63 percent, and Tappendorf tallied 56 percent.
In Loudon Township, all races were uncontested. Linda Radloff won the supervisor race, Brad Wright earned the clerk job, Robert Reed secured the highway commissioner role, and Justin Wilhour, Monte Reed, Jacob Sapp, and Trey Wright will serve as trustees.
Otego Township also saw all candidates run unopposed. Jon Washburn will serve as supervisor, Jack Shelton as clerk, Kenny Garrison as highway commissioner, and Judy Hoover, Leah Washburn, Laura Willms, and Tony Wollin as trustees.
Sefton Township voters similarly saw a dearth of candidates. No races were contested. Alice Davis-Schmidt secured the supervisor race, Linda Cunningham will serve as clerk, Tom Stewart will be seated as highway commissioner, and Steven Behrends, Clint Feezel, Travis Stewart, and Jeffrey Howard were elected as trustees.
Assessor positions for both Otego and Sefton Townships remain open.