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Last updated on Wednesday, May 9, 2012
(GREENE COUNTY) - There were some tight races in Greene County Tuesday.
The Greene County Daily World reports that Ed Michaels earned his party's nomination in Tuesday's Primary Election to run for the District 1 County Commissioner's seat on the Republican ticket.
Ed Michael, who lives in Highland Township, out-polled fellow Republican John Fowler 1,597 to 1,238 for the primary election victory on a day when just 25 percent of the registered voters went to the polls.
Michael finished with a 56 percent to 44 percent edge in votes cast in the District 1 Commissioner's race on the GOP ticket.
Michael will now face Democrat James E. Crabb, of rural Solsberry, who ran unopposed in Tuesday's election.
The two candidates in the District 2 County Commissioner's race - one-term incumbent Democrat Steve Lindsey, rural Switz City, and Republican Nathan Abrams, of rural Bloomfield - were unopposed in their respective primary races. They will face off in the November General Election.
Patti Jones was the front runner of the Democratic primary ballot for the County Council At-Large position, followed by Lori Brown and Steve Schantz. Those three will be on the ballot in the fall General Election.
Former Linton Mayor Jones brought in more than one-fourth of the County Council Democrat candidate's vote, with 1,179 out of 4,549 votes, clearing 25.92 percent of the votes.
Lori Brown had a total of 819 votes, which tallied at 18 percent of those on the Democratic ballot for County Council.
Democrat at-large council candidates who did not make the cut for the General Election were Michael Riggleman with 730 votes, or 16.05 percent of the vote; Donna (McIntosh) Kluesner with 662 votes, or 14.55 percent; and Ken Fordyce with 356 votes, or 7.83 percent.
Jerry Frye, Gregg Roudebush and Bob Kirk will be the Republican candidates for the at-large county council seat in the fall.
Tuesday's Republican primary for the seat saw four candidates contending for three spaces on the ballot.
Only former Bloomfield Town Councilwoman Jo Ann Hanauer Carmichael fell shy of making November's ballot.
Frye, the incumbent county councilman, led the polls with 1,961 or 28.08 percent of the vote. Of that, 1,722 votes were cast on Election Day while 239 were cast absentee.
Roudebush, the current president of the Worthington Town Council, finished second with 26.94 percent, drawing 1,881 votes. Of those, 1,641 were cast on Election Day while Roudebush bested Frye's absentee numbers by one, drawing 240 votes.
Kirk finished third, drawing 23.11 percent of the votes with 1,614 cast for him. Of those, 1,396 ballots were cast Election Day while 218 were absentee.
Carmichael fell slightly short of the numbers needed to progress from the primary to the general election. She drew 21.87 percent of the vote, gleaning 1,527 votes. Of those, 1,350 votes were cast on Election Day plus 177 absentee ballots.
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