Highland County BOE releases final election count

Outcomes unchanged in contested races, issues

By David Wright - [email protected]

The Highland County Board of Elections on Monday approved its final official count of Highland County votes cast in the 2018 General Election, and the results did not change the outcome of any contested race or issue.

The final official canvass showed 13,781 cards were cast in the election, representing 49 percent of Highland County’s 27,978 registered voters. Elections Administrator Steve Witham previously said he could not remember a midterm election where that level of turnout was demonstrated.

A five-year, 0.5-mill replacement levy for the Highland County Health Department proved to be the closest countywide issue, with unofficial election night tallies showing a 98-vote difference — 6,534 in favor and 6,632 against. The official count narrowed the gap to 72 votes, showing 6,697 against and 6,625 in favor.

In Hillsboro, a liquor option for the Hillsboro 1st Stop turned out close as well, with election night tallies showing 180 in favor of Sunday sales at the gas station and 148 against, a difference of 32 votes. Final results showed 183 in favor and 151 against, which kept the margin at 32 votes.

Approval of another liquor option, this one for Sunday sales at Highland Lanes in Hillsboro, was also secured in final results by 57 votes after election night totals showed a difference of 49 votes. According to the final count, 257 voted in favor of the liquor option and 200 voted against.

The following are the full official results from the Highland County Board of Elections:

Governor/Lt. Governor

Richard Cordray: 3,222

Mike DeWine: 9,942

Constance Gadell-New: 161

Travis M. Irvine: 275

Attorney General

Steve Dettelbach: 3,382

Dave Yost: 10,064

Auditor of State

Robert C. Coogan: 498

Keith Faber: 9,836

Zack Space: 3,016

Secretary of State

Kathleen Clyde: 3,220

Frank LaRose: 9,849

Dustin R. Nanna: 306

Treasurer of State

Rob Richardson: 3,222

Robert Sprague: 10,110

U.S. Senate

Sherrod Brown: 3,939

Jim Renacci: 9,526

Representative to Congress, 2nd District

James J. Condit Jr.: 185

Jill Schiller: 2,777

Brad Wenstrup: 10,585

State Senator, 17th District

Scott M. Dailey: 3,083

Bob Peterson: 10,273

State Representative, 91st District

Shane Wilkin: 10,559

Justin Grimes: 2,887

County Commissioner

Gary Abernathy: 8,585

Randy Mustard: 4,917

County Commissioner

Jeff Duncan: 10,107

John Dale Knauff: 3,337

County Auditor

Bill Fawley: 11,549

Justice of the Supreme Court, 1-1 term

Craig Baldwin: 5,163

Michael P. Donnelly: 5,916

Justice of the Supreme Court, 1-2 term

Mary DeGenaro: 5,602

Melody J. Stewart: 5,168

Justice of the Court of Appeals, 2-9 term, 4th District

Marie Hoover: 3,832

Jason P. Smith: 6,880

Judge of the Court of Appeals, 2-10 term, 4th District

Valarie K. Gerlach: 2,872

Mike Hess: 8,171

Judge of Highland County Court

Robert J. Judkins: 1,307

State Issue 1

Yes: 2,446

No: 11,135

Issue 8, Highland County Children Services renewal levy

For: 7,744

Against: 5,661

Issue 9, Highland County Health Department replacement levy


Against: 6,697

Issue 6, Great Oaks renewal levy

For: 6,527

Against: 4,931

Issue 4, Bright Local School District additional levy

For: 710

Aginst: 997

Issue 2, Brown County school financing additional levy

For: 3

Against: 15

Issue 3, Adams County/Ohio Valley LSD additional levy

For: 78

Against: 134

Issue 5, East Clinton Local School District bond tax levy

For: 171

Against: 221

Issue 7, Lynchburg Area Joint Fire and Ambulance District renewal levy

For: 1,285

Against: 403

Issue 10, Village of Lynchburg police renewal levy

For: 316

Against: 127

Issue 11, Brushcreek Township cemetery renewal levy

For: 258

Against: 168

Issue 12, Dodson Township cemetery renewal levy

For: 562

Against: 259

Issue 13, Hamer Township cemetery renewal levy

For: 175

Against: 101

Issue 14, Penn Township fire renewal levy, 1.8 mills

For: 344

Against: 182

Issue 15, Penn Township fire renewal levy, 2.15 mills

For: 328

Against: 199

Issue 16, Salem Township cemetery renewal levy

For: 202

Against: 97

Issue 17, Highland Lanes liquor option

Yes: 257

No: 200

Issue 18, Hillsboro 1st Stop liquor option

Yes: 183

No: 151

The board announced Monday that its offices will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 21 through Friday, Nov. 23 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Reach David Wright at 937-402-2570.

Outcomes unchanged in contested races, issues

By David Wright

[email protected]