OTTAWA — Lori Rayle won the Republican primary for Putnam County recorder in Tuesday’s election with more than 80% of the vote.
Rayle tallied 4,597 votes compared to Troy Recker’s 952 votes. The seat replaces Recker’s wife, Cathy, who served as county recorder for the past 15 years.
Rayle has served as the chief deputy recorder for the Putnam County recorder’s office, also for 15 years, working alongside Cathy Recker.
Rayle recalled being Recker’s first hire and had been working along her side since then. She said that experience would make for a great asset to take over the county recorder position.
“I think that’s huge. She taught me a lot,” she said. “I was pretty much her right-hand person, so she brought me along with her. I feel like she left me with a lot of knowledge and wisdom about the job.”
Rayle will face Democrat Dawn Maag in the November general election.
In terms of looking ahead to the next vote, Rayle said she hasn’t had much time to put into looking that far ahead with how this election played out.
“I’m just relieved — this has been a long process,” she said Tuesday night following the results. “I’m just going to take a break and regroup (before looking ahead to the November election).”
The 2-mill tax levy in West Leipsic Village did pass, with 13 votes. Only 19 votes total were cast in deciding the levy.
The voter turnout was 29.87% of registered voters in the county.