Britton wins, Issues 7 & 8 go down

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Republican Terry Britton was elected to the Highland County Board of Commission on Tuesday, defeating independent Alex Butler and Democrat Tara Campbell.

In unofficial finals with all 31 county precincts reporting, Britton garnered 7,044 votes, with Butler taking 5,645 and Campbell getting 3,713.

Election officials said a handful of paper ballots remained to be counted, but not enough to change the results. All totals are unofficial until vote canvassing occurs later.

Two highly-publicized levies went down to defeat, with Issue 8, the levy for Children Services, losing by a count of 9,359 against the levy, 7,249 in favor.

Issue 7, the Paint Valley levy, went down with 10,625 against, 5,866 in favor.

In Lynchburg, though, officials celebrated a win for a police levy, with 344 votes in favor compared to 248 against.

A New Market cemetery levy renewal squeaked by with 454 in favor, 450 against.

Voters in New Market also approved a liquor option, 481-448.

A Union Township additional levy for cemeteries went down to defeat, 446-308.

A Clinton-Highland Joint Fire District levy renewal passed among Highland County voters, 344-234.

In national and state races, Highland County voters heavily supported Republicans.

Republican Donald Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton, 12,988 to 3,433 among county voters. Gary Johnson received 427 votes, Jill Stein 95 and Richard Duncan 84.

Incumbent Republican Rob Portman won the county with 12,863 votes to 3,191 for Democrat Ted Strickland in the U.S. Senate race.

Incumbent Republican Brad Wenstrup took 12,821 votes to 3,360 for Democrat William Smith in the race for U.S. Congress, 2nd District.

In the state Supreme Court races, Pat Fischer garnered 6,785 votes to 5,961 for John P. O’Donnell in the county for one seat, and Pat DeWine won 10,472 votes to 3,775 for Cynthia Rice in the other court seat.

Matthew McFarland won 9,670 votes to 3,046 for Valarie K. Gerlach in the race for the 4th District Court of Appeals.


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