A former Marietta City Councilman will face off against a retired educator in the race for a Washington County Commissioner seat in the November election.
Republican David White, of Marietta, earned 2,760 votes in Tuesday's primary election, defeating two party challengers. Incumbent Steve Weber earned 2,507 votes, while Republican David Locke earned 2,150 votes.
White will face Democrat Peg Littler, of Devola, in the November general election. Littler is a retired educator who served on the Marietta Board of Education from 1999 to 2003.
EVAN BEVINS The Marietta Times
Republican David White and his wife, Anita, look over primary election results Tuesday at the Washington County Courthouse. White will face Democrat Peg Littler in the race for a Washington County Commissioner seat in the November election.
Candidates for the other open commission seat, incumbent Cora Marshall, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Ron Feathers, will compete for a second seat in November and had no opposition Tuesday.
White said he was pleased with the outcome of Tuesday's election, especially considering he ran his campaign on a shoestring budget.
"The voters responded well to my record and experience and my message," White said. "There's not been any specific agenda. I just look out for people, their property and their money."
David White - 2,760.
Steve Weber - 2,507.
David Locke - 2,150.
Littler said she expected White would come out on top in the primary election.
"He has had two very successful terms in Marietta City Council and anything I've heard about Dave White, it's been positive," Littler said. "We're going to have a positive campaign."
Littler said one of her top priorities is improving communication between the commissioners and county residents.
"We need to involve the people in the decisions the commissioners make," she said.
Littler said if elected in November, she will also make it a priority to establish a standard salary system for county employees, with wages being determined by the number of years a person has served in a position and the responsibilities of that position.
"It would help the budget," she said.
White said he has become familiar with the hot button issues the current commissioners are dealing with but between now and November, he hopes to become familiar with other issues.
"Clearly right now, the three biggest hot button issues that is on their minds is county sewer systems, county employee pay and township road money," he said.
Commissioner Steve Weber said he hoped to fare better in Tuesday's election, but he knows he'll have plenty to do with his time even after his term ends at the end of this year.
"I'm 67 and if I'd have got it, fine, but am I going to cry in my milk? No. I have a lot of stuff to do. It's not going to break my heart at all," he said.