HARDIN COUNTY/OHIO — By shortly after noon on Tuesday, it was clear that this was no typical mid-term election. Anecdotal evidence indicated near record turnout — if not actual record turnout — for what, statistically, many voters consider an election hardly worth the bother: a mid-term.

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 — as well as a spot on the county Board of Commissioners, made this mid-term a bit more appealing to the average voter. 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, and polling stations were busy with Hardin County residents eager to exercise their Constitutional right to vote.

And despite the readmission of Libertarian Party candidates to the ballot — an action that almost certainly split the conservative vote to some degree — the much touted “blue wave” crashed against the balwark of Hardin County conservatism, with voters overwhelmingly supporting GOP candidates in both county and state races. So too, apparently, went the state as a whole. With the exception of incumbent democrat Senator Sherrod Brown, Ohio voters re-elected Republican representatives to every open seat, both state and federal, on the ballot.

However, despite fiscal conservatism likely fueling a preponderance of political dogma, each of the ten local issues, tax levies all, met with public approval.

Results of the mid-term election are listed below.

(Note: Italicized figures are votes cast in Hardin County; those in parentheses are those cast state-wide. Bold candidates are those projected to win.)

The Candidates

Hardin County Commissioner

Ronald W. Eastman (D) 2,712

Tim Striker (R) 6,551

Ohio Governor and Lieutenant Governor

Richard Cordray and Betty Sutton (D)

2,669 (2,005,627)

Mike DeWine and Jon Husted (R)

6,196 (2,187,619)

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

138 (47,664)

Travis M. Irvine and Todd Grayson (L)

237 (77,184)

Rebecca Ayres and Anthony Durgans (Write-In)

0 (unavailable)

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

1 (unavailable)

Renea Turner and Keith Colton (Write-In)

0 (unavailable)

Ohio Attorney General

Steve Dettelbach (D)

2,733 (2,021,194)

Dave Yost (R)

6,456 (2,226,368)

Ohio Auditor of State

Robert C. Coogan (L)

337 (169,767)

Keith Faber (R)

6,229 (2,110,073)

Zack Space (D)

2,583 (1,946,544)

Ohio Secretary of State

Kathleen Clyde (D)

2,637 (1,987,916)

Frank LaRose (R)

6,265 (2,166,125)

Dustin R. Nanna (L)

232 (99,808)

Michael W. Bradley (Write-In)

2 (unavailable)

Ohio Treasurer of State

Rob Richardson (D)

2,453 (1,960,075)

Robert Sprague (R)

6,752 (2,257,955)

Ohio Supreme Court Justice

Craig Baldwin

3,178 (1,132,859)

Michael P. Donnelly

4,232 (2,116,136)

Ohio Supreme Court Justice

Mary DeGenaro

3,776 (1,630,977)

Melody J. Stewart

3,549 (1,803,277)

State Senator

Robert McColley (R)

6,475 (88,540)

Adam Papin (D)

2,552 (32,233)

State Representative,

Ohio’s 83rd District

Jon Cross (R)

6,260 (26,847)

Mary E. Harshfield (D)

2,884 (11,991)

U.S. Senate

Sherrod Brown (D)

3,440 (2,286,730)

Jim Renacci (R)

5,785 (2,011,832)

Stephen Faris (Write-In)

6 (0)

Rep. to U.S. Congress,

5th District

J. Michael Galbraith (D)

2,447 (97,352)

Don Kissick (L)

284 (7,184)

Bob Latta (R)

6,473 (173,894)

The Issue

Ohio’s Issue 1

For: 1,793 (1,568,347)

Against: 7,522 (2,716,958)

See Election/Page 3

The Levies

County-Wide

Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Allen, Auglaize, and Hardin Counties (Renewal)

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

For: 6,329

Against: 3,331

Hardin County Board of Developmental Disabilities (Renewal)

A four mill, five-year property tax renewal levy for the acquisition, construction, renovation, financing, maintenance, and operation of Developmental Disabilities Facilities.

For: 6,207

Against: 3,064

OSU Extension/4-H Youth Development (Additional)

A .35 mill, five-year additional property tax levy providing revenue to OSU Extension for 4-H Youth Development, Agricultural and Natural Resources, Family & Consumer Sciences, and county development.

For: 5,918

Against: 3,331

Townships

Jackson Township (Renewal)

A two mill, five-year property tax renewal levy providing and maintaining fire apparatus, appliances, building and/or sites thereof, or sources of water supply and materials thereof, or the establishment and maintenance of fire alarms, telegraph communications, personnel to operate the same or volunteer firefighting, emergency medical services, supplies and maintenance, administrative or communications personnel to operate the same, including the payment of any employer contributions required for such personnel, or the purchase of ambulance or fire equipment, or for the provision of ambulance, paramaedic, or other emergency medical services operated by a fire department or firefighting company.

For: 429

Against: 168

Liberty Township (Additional)

A one mill, five-year additional property tax levy providing and maintaining fire apparatus, mechanical resuscitators, underwater rescue and recovery equipment, or other fire equipment and appliances, buildings and sites therefor, or sources of water supply and materials thereof, for the establishment and maintenance of fire-alamr communications, for the payment of firefighting companies or permanent, part-time, or volunteer firefighting, emergency medical service, administrative, or communications personnel to operate the same, including the payment of any employer contributions required for such personnel, for the purchase , for the provision of ambulance, paramaedic, or other emergency medical services operated by a fire department or for the payment of other related costs.

For: 1,294

Against: 565

Buck, Goshen, and Pleasant Townships (Renewal)

A one mill, five-year property tax renewal levy for maintaining and operating Grove Cemetery.

For: 880

Against: 340

School Districts

Ada Exempted Village School District (Renewal)

A 2.9 mill, five-year property tax renewal levy for permanent improvements.

For: 1,216

Against: 643

Hardin Northern Public Library (Renewal)

A .5, five-year property tax renewal levy for current expenses.

For: 670

Against: 333

Upper Scioto Valley Local School District (Renewal)

A 2.4 mill, five-year property tax renewal levy providing for the emergency requirements of the school district.

For: 802

Against: 496