Putnam County: Incumbent wins mayor in Fort Jennings; countywide levies pass


By Jennifer Peryam - jperyam@limanews.com



Voters sign in to cast their votes Tuesday morning at Putnam County YMCA in Ottawa.

Voters sign in to cast their votes Tuesday morning at Putnam County YMCA in Ottawa.


A poll worker in Fort Jennings helps a voter cast his ballot in Tuesday’s election.


FORT JENNINGS — The incumbent mayor won re-election in Fort Jennings on Tuesday, while there will be a new face leading Leipsic.

Incumbent James Smith was elected Fort Jennings mayor for a fifth term, topping Tony Recker by a nearly 2-to-1 margin, 103-57.

“I’m glad to win and happy to continue to work for the village,” Smith said.

Tom Brokamp, who has lived in Fort Jennings for 68 years, said he voted for Smith’s re-election and said he has experience and represented Fort Jennings well.

“He has done a good job for the years he has served,” Brokamp said. “He keeps the community in good shape and makes sure the streets get done in a timely repair and makes repairs to the park.”

Leipsic chose Tony Wobler over Kevin Lammon, 255-146, while third-place finisher Cher Barnes had 21 votes. Wobler will replace the Leipsic mayor seat currently held by Kevin Benton, who did not seek re-election.

“I feel great and wonderful, and I’m so excited. We ran a wonderful grassroots campaign,” Wobler said. He thanked the voters for their support.

The two Putnam County renewals issues on the ballot each passed. That included a renewal of a tax for mental health and alcohol and drug treatment prevention services for 0.7 mills. It passes 4,900 to 1,786.

The county’s 911 renewal levy had an even wider swing, with 5,401 of voters in favor and 1,311 against.

Brad Brubaker, a Putnam County Sheriff’s Office captain and 911 coordinator, said he was very pleased with a 1.25 mill levy’s renewal.

“We’ve had a 911 levy since 1995, and residents have been supporting it since then,” Brubaker said.

William Miller and Joe Moreno were each re-elected to serve on the Ottoville council.

Incumbents Jo Deskins and Jeff Ducey were re-elected to serve on Ottawa council. Matt Black was voted in and will take the seat that will be vacated by Troy Yant, who finished fourth in the race for three seats.

Deskins was re-elected to a four-year term.

“I want to thank the residents of Ottawa for instilling their faith in me and providing their support,” Deskins said.

Ducey was also elected to a four-year term on Ottawa council.

“I’d like to thank all of the voters for their confidence, and I hope I can continue to make Ottawa a better place to live for everyone,” Ducey said.

Black said he can’t wait to serve the Ottawa community and make it a better place.

Darren Schimmoeller was elected to the Jackson Township trustee seat, topping Robert Knott. Schimmoeller said he feels great about winning and he is ready to help out the township and use the knowledge he has gained from ODOT and put it to use.

Steve Elkins was elected to the Monroe Township trustee seat, beating Kim Okuley.

Joseph Wehri won a three-way race for the Monterey Township trustee seat, topping Daniel Honigford and Virgil Miller. Wehri said it feels good to be elected, and he hopes to meet their expectations.

Angie Basinger, Jill Torres and Vance Nofsinger were elected to the seats on the Pandora-Gilboa school board, knocking out incumbents Dick Wahl and Marcia Hovest in a seven-way race for three positions.

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Voters sign in to cast their votes Tuesday morning at Putnam County YMCA in Ottawa.
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A poll worker in Fort Jennings helps a voter cast his ballot in Tuesday’s election.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/11/web1_FortJennings.jpgA poll worker in Fort Jennings helps a voter cast his ballot in Tuesday’s election.

By Jennifer Peryam

jperyam@limanews.com

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