Gallia voters decide county races and more… Update on unreturned absentee ballots, provisional ballots


Gallia voters decide county races and more

By Beth Sergent and Kayla (Hawthorne) Dunham



Members of Gallia Boy Scout Troop 200 help bring in election precinct materials to the Gallia Board of Elections on Tuesday night. (Beth Sergent | OVP)

Members of Gallia Boy Scout Troop 200 help bring in election precinct materials to the Gallia Board of Elections on Tuesday night. (Beth Sergent | OVP)


GALLIA COUNTY — Gallia County voters went to the polls on Tuesday, with a total of 13,487 ballots cast (8,223 were cast during early voting), which was a 71.05 percent turnout among Gallia’s 18,981 registered voters.

Winners in county races emerged following the reporting of outstanding provisional and absentee ballots still in play but not included in the unofficial results.

According to the Gallia County Board of Elections, on Wednesday morning, there were 515 total provisional ballots cast in the general election and there were 330 absentee ballots that were requested but as of press time, had not been returned. Absentee/mail-in ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 2 and received at the board of elections no later than 10 days after the general election. Valid provisionals and absentee ballots (received with the appropriate postmark and within the 10-day time frame) will eventually be included in the final results, which will be certified on Monday, Nov. 16.

If all provisionals are approved and all absentees returned, this would mean there are 845 potential ballots in play, which is not enough to affect the outcome of any county races. Those unofficial results are listed below, with the highest vote-getters indicating the winners where county races are concerned.

Unofficial results in county races are as follows:

County Commissioner: There were two seats up for re-election. In one race, Q. Jay Stapleton (R) received 9,758 votes and Scott J. Williamson (D) received 3,242.

Vote totals in the other county commission race were: Randall Adkins (D) with 2,847 votes, Mark Danner (Unaffiliated) with 2,605 votes, M. Eugene Greene (R) with 6,738 votes and Lisa Osborne (Write In) with 691 votes.

County Sheriff: Incumbent Matthew D. Champlin (R) received 9,265 votes and challenger Jimmy Spears (D) received 3,922 votes.

Unofficial vote totals in county races where candidates ran unopposed:

Prosecuting Attorney: Incumbent Jason D. Holdren (R), 11,153 votes.

Clerk of Courts: Incumbent Noreen M. Saunders (R), 10,993 votes.

County Recorder: Incumbent J. Roger Walker (R), 10,759 votes.

County Treasurer: Incumbent Steve McGhee (R), 10,701 votes.

County Engineer: Incumbent Brett A. Boothe (R), 10,707 votes.

County Coroner: Incumbent Daniel H. Whiteley (R), 10,968 votes.

Unofficial levy results in Gallia County:

Addison Township (Renewal), for the purpose of providing and maintaining fire apparatus, appliances, buildings or sites thereof, or sources of water supply and materials therefore, or the establishment and maintenance of lines of fire alarm telegraph or the payment of permanent, part time or volunteer firemen or firefighting companies to operate the same, at a rate not exceeding 0.3 mill for each one dollar of valuation which amounts to three cents for each one hundred collars of valuation, or a period of five years, commencing in 2021, first due in calender year 2022 — 732 votes for the levy, 251 votes against the levy.

Village of Crown City (Renewal), for the propose of providing and maintaining fire apparatus, appliances, buildings or sites thereof, or sources of water supply and materials therefore, or the establishment and maintenance of lines of fire alarm telegraph or the payment of permanent, part time or volunteer fireman or firefighting companies to operate the same, at a rate not exceeding 1 mill for each dollar of valuation, which amounts to ten cents for each hundred dollars of valuation, for a period of five years, commencing in 2021, first due in calendar year 2022 — 160 votes for the levy, 41 votes against the levy.

Village of Vinton (Renewal), for the purpose of current operating expenses, at a rate not exceeding 5.5 mills for each one dollar of valuation, which amounts to fifty-five cents for each one hundred dollars of valuation, for a period of five years, commencing in 2021, first due in calendar year 2022 — 72 votes for the levy, 31 votes against the levy.

Unofficial results in state and congressional races:

Representative to Congress, 6th District: Incumbent Bill Johnson (R) received 10,182 votes and challenger Shawna Roberts (D) received 2,723 votes.

State Representative: Incumbent Jason Stephens (R) received 10,562 votes and William Saunders (Write In) received 410 votes.

Unofficial results for State Board of Education, 10th District: Mary E. Binegar received 4,936 votes, Brendan P. Shea received 4,775 voters.

Unofficial results in judicial races:

Judge of Court of Common Pleas (Probate/Juvenile Division): Incumbent Thomas S. Moulton, Jr., 10,550 votes.

Justice of the Supreme Court, term commencing Jan. 1, 2021: Sharon L. Kennedy received 7,146 votes and John P. O’Donnell received 3,595 votes.

Justice of the Supreme Court, term commencing Jan. 2, 2021: Jennifer Brunner received 5,257 votes and Judi French received 5,330 votes.

Judge of the Court of Appeals, 4th District, term commencing Feb. 9, 2021: Peter B. Abele received 8,914 votes.

Judge of Court of Appeals, 4th District, term ending Feb. 8, 2023: Stacy Brooks received 4,487 votes and Kristy Wilkin received 5,867 votes.

Unofficial results in the presidential race:

President: Joseph R. Biden 2,911 votes; Howie Hawkins 32 votes; Jo Jorgensen 126 votes; Donald J. Trump 10,289 votes.

Results reflect Gallia County unofficial totals, only. Information provided by the Gallia County Board of Elections and the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office.

Editor’s note: Early voting numbers include ballots cast in-person and absentees received and processed prior to Election Day.

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Members of Gallia Boy Scout Troop 200 help bring in election precinct materials to the Gallia Board of Elections on Tuesday night. (Beth Sergent | OVP)
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Gallia voters decide county races and more

By Beth Sergent and Kayla (Hawthorne) Dunham