There will be new faces on city council

GREENVILLE – Voters in Darke County and Greenville had very few races and issues to decide and the turnout at the polls was extremely low with only five percent (1,379) of voters going to the polls to make decisions.

There was only one contested race in the city of Greenville. Four Republican candidates were vying for the opportunity to appear on the November ballot for three at-large seats on Greenville City Council. Voters overwhelmingly said there will be a change on council when 2018 comes. Todd Oliver previously announced he would not seek another term and voters in the Primary said Tracy T. Tryon would not retain his seat. He finished in fourth with 132 votes. Jeffery D. Whitaker received the most votes with 259 and Douglas J. Wright garnered 216 votes. Incumbent Doug Schmidt received the third most votes with 208. The top three will face C. Sue House in November to determine who will take seats when the new council meets in January 2018.

Republican Stephen M. Willman ran unopposed in the Primary to fill the unexpired term left vacant by former mayor, Mike Bowers. He earned 273 votes. Unless an independent or write-in candidate files a petition, Willman will run opposed on the ballot in November. Republican Cindy L. Austen also ran unopposed for the position of Greenville City Treasurer. She received 248 votes.

County voters in the Miami Valley Career Technology Vocational School District said yes, but voters in the other counties said no to a new tax levy that would have provided for new construction and rehabilitation of current buildings. The district was seeking over $34 million for new construction and over $95 million for rehabilitating its current facility to be paid back over 30 years. They were also seeking .34 mills to be collected over a 10-year period.

Darke County voters cast 579 yes votes and 457 votes against the levy. District wide, voters turned down the issue by a vote of 14,343 to 13,204 or 52 to 48 percent.

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