Voters line up to cast ballots in what one Board of Elections representative described as record breaking turnout during a mid-term election - Putnam Sentinel
Voters line up to cast ballots in what one Board of Elections representative described as record breaking turnout during a mid-term election. (Putnam Sentinel/Martin Verni)

PUTNAM COUNTY/OHIO — By shortly after noon on Tuesday, it was clear to volunteers working the polls and members of the Putnam County Board of Elections that this was no typical mid-term election. Anecdotal evidence indicated near record turnout — if not actual record turnout — for what, historically, many voters consider an election hardly worth the bother: a mid-term.

But, what with Ohio’s highly controversial State Issue 1 and a slate of contested seats at the top of the State’s governing body — as well as seats in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives — up for grabs, this particular mid-term was beyond the pale. Add to that the polarized unrest amongst those often identifying as either Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative, stalwart supporters or profound critics of President Donald Trump and his administration, polling stations were flooded with Putnam County residents eager to exercise their Constitutional right to vote.

Locally, the only open two open seats on the ballot are those of County Commissioner and County Auditor, both of which were uncontested. John Schlumbohm will take the commissioners seat and Robert Benroth will remain auditor.

As for the rest of the candidates, Issue 1, and the assorted levies on this November’s ballot, Putnam County’s response is listed below.

(Note: Numbers in bold associated with candidates are votes cast in Putnam County; those in parentheses are those cast state-wide at press-time. Italicized candidates are those leading in state-wide voting when the Sentinel went to press.)

Ohio Governor and Lieutenant Governor

Richard Cordray and Betty Sutton (D)

2,637 (1,396,230)

Mike DeWine and Jon Husted (R)

11,712 (1,624,410)

Contance Gadell-Newton and Brett R. Joseph (G)

118 (24,001)

Travis M. Irvine and Todd Grayson (L)

204 (36,681)

Rebecca Ayres and Anthony Durgans (Write-In)

6 (unavailable)

Richard Duncan and Dennis A. Artino (Write-In)

3 (unavailable)

Renea Turner and Keith Colton (Write-In)

0 (unavailable)

Ohio Attorney General

Steve Dettelbach (D)

2,727 (1,020,521)

Dave Yost (R)

11,697 (1,166,166)

Ohio Auditor of State

Robert C. Coogan (L)

380 (79,645)

Keith Faber (R)

11,759 (1,105,148)

Zack Space (D)

2,335 (992,822)

Ohio Secretary of State

Kathleen Clyde (D)

2,563 (1,039,012)

Frank LaRose (R)

11,567 (1,167,062)

Dustin R. Nanna (L)

285 (48,840)

Michael W. Bradley (Write-In)

5 (unavailable)

Ohio Treasurer of State

Rob Richardson (D)

2,688 (1,051,733)

Robert Sprague (R)

11,655 (1,248,705)

Ohio Supreme Court

Justice

Craig Baldwin

4,562 (776,192)

Michael P. Donnelly

7,061 (1,170,793)

Ohio Supreme Court

Justice

Mary DeGenaro

6,437 (914,344)

Melody J. Stewart

4,941 (1,016,450)

State Senator

Robert McColley (R)

11,801 (70,231)

Adam Papin (D)

2,470 (26,438)

Rep., Ohio’s 81st District

Janet Breneman (D)

2,563 (9,446)

James M. Hoops (R)

11,936 (27,521)

U.S. Senate

Sherrod Brown (D)

4,316 (1,440,984)

Jim Renacci (R)

10,256 (1,334,161)

Stephen Faris (Write-In)

19 (unavailable)

Rep. to U.S. Congress, 5th District

J. Michael Galbraith (D)

2,185 (61,535)

Don Kissick (L)

308 (4,872)

Bob Latta (R)

12,217 (127,888)

The Issue

Ohio’s Issue 1

For: 1,808 (1,007,850)

Against: 12,884 (1,873,699)

The Levies

County-Wide

Putnam County Health Department (Renewal)

A .25 mill, 10-year property tax renewal levy for maintaining and operating public health programs.

For: 9,876

Against: 4,678

Villages

Columbus Grove (Additional)

A .25 percent, 15-year additional income tax levy for paying costs of acquiring, contructing, furnishing, equipping, improving, maintaining, operating and repairing a municipal swimming pool, parks and recreational facilities owned by the Village of Columbus Grove, and paying any debt service charges incurred in connection therewith.

For: 446

Against: 303

Gilboa (Replacement)

A 3.5 mill, five-year property tax replacement levy for the purpose of current expenses.

For: 29

Against: 27

Gilboa (Replacement)

A 1.5 mill, five-year property tax replacement levy for current expenses.

For: 33

Against: 23

Glandorf (Renewal)

A 2.3 mill, five-year property tax renewal levy for the purpose of current expenses.

For: 367

Against: 111

Leipsic (Renewal)

A 1.5 mill, five-year property tax renewal levy for the purpose of current expenses.

For: 393

Against: 200

Leipsic (Renewal)

A 2 mill, five-year property tax renewal levy for the purpose of fire protection

For: 451

Against: 144

Ottoville (Replacement)

A 1.95 mill, five-year property tax replacement levy for the purpose of general construction, reconstruction, resurfacing, and repair of streets, roads, and bridges.

For: 336

Against: 113

Pandora (Additional)

A 1 mill, five-year additional property tax levy for the purpose of fire protection.

For: 270

Against: 178

West Leipsic (Renewal)

A 3 mill, five-year property tax renewal levy for the purpose of current expenses.

For: 31

Against: 18

West Leipsic (Renewal)

A 1.5 mill, five-year property tax renewal levy for the purpose of fire protection.

For: 35

Against: 14

Townships

Liberty (Replacement)

A 2 mill, five-year property tax replacement levy for the purpose of general construction, reconstruction, resurfacing and repair of streets, roads and bridges.

For: 525

Against: 183

Monroe (Renewal)

A 1.5 mill, five-year property tax renewal levy for the purpose of fire protection.

For: 559

Against: 218

Monroe (Additional)

A 1.5 mill, five-year additional property tax levy for the purpose of general construction, reconstruction, resurfacing and repair of roads in the township.

For: 399

Against: 373

Monterey (Replacement)

A 1 mill, five-year property tax replacement levy for the purpose of general construction, reconstruction, resurfacing and repair of roads in the township.

For: 736

Against: 266

Perry (Additional)

A 3 mill, five-year additional property tax levy for the purpose of the general construction, reconstruction, resurfacing, repair and maintenance of roads in the township.

For: 250

Against: 160

Riley (Renewal)

A 3 mill, five-year property tax renewal levy for the purpose of township road repair.

For: 666

Against: 280

Schools

Continental Local School District (Renewal)

A 1.4 mill, five-year property tax renewal levy for the purpose of permanent improvements.

For: 793

Against: 499

Leipsic Local School District (Renewal)

A 3 mill, five-year property tax renewal levy for the purpose of avoiding an operating deficit in the sum of $425,000.

For: 774

Against: 363

Patrick Henry Local School District (Renewal)

A 4.2 mill, three-year property tax renewal levy for the purpose of providing for the emergency requirements of the school district.

For: 5

Against: 7

Paulding Exempted Village Local School District (Renewal)

A 1.804 mill, five-year property tax renewal levy for the purpose of providing for the emergency requirements of the school district.

For: 2

Against: 3