By Kevin Pierson
The Marietta Times
Twenty-seven votes was all that kept an additional 0.3-mill levy to support the Noble Soil and Water Conservation District from passing during Tuesday night's primary election, with provisional ballots still outstanding.
The levy would have cost the owner of a $100,000 home $9.19 a year and was voted down by a count of 1,476 to 1,449. The number of provisional ballots in Noble County was not immediately available Tuesday evening.
While the county-wide issue failed, voters in Summerfield Village and Elk Township approved separate ballot issues.
A look at issues and races in neighboring counties
0.3-mill levy for Noble Soil and Water District
4.0-mill additional expense levy for Summerfield Village
2.0-mill renewal operating levy for Elk Township
Democratic County Commissioner
Bob Nau: 727
Walt McKee: 474
Democratic County Treasurer
Marilyn Bond: 859
Karrie Walters: 335
Republican County Recorder
Scott Wiley: 696
Juanita Matheney: 1,016
Republican County Commissioner
Dean Cain: 865
Michael Chapin: 1,315
Republican County Treasurer
Shirley Bellville: 663
Dawn Hosom: 1,492
Democratic County Recorder
Ann Block: 1,149
Sheila L. Stollar: 993
Source: Morgan, Noble and Monroe County boards of election
Summerfield Village passed a 4.0-mill levy to help cover current expenses of the village. The levy will cost the owner of a $100,000 home $122.50 annually.
Elk Township voters approved renewal of a 2.0-mill operating levy, which costs the owner of a $100,000 home $61.25 per year.
Along with the three county issues, Democratic voters had a pair of contested races in Noble County while Republicans had one.
Bob Nau received the Democratic party nod for county commissioner over Walt McKee while Marilyn Bond took the party nomination for county treasurer over Karrie Walters.
On the Republican ticket, Juanita Matheney received the nomination for county recorder over Scott Wiley with 1,016 votes opposed to 696.
Bond received 859 votes while Walters had 335. Nau and McKee were involved in a closer race, with incumbent Nau receiving 727 votes while former commissioner McKee received 474.
"I'm happy. I'm glad the people think that I'm worth giving another shot," Nau said.
With a multitude of projects ongoing in Noble County, Nau said he was glad voters gave him the opportunity to continue being involved. He will face Republican Stephen S. Bond in the November general election.
Nau said he hopes to get a solar farm started in the county soon and the Mahle plant is in the process of being sold, all projects he is looking forward to.
"I feel like I've been able to make a difference," he said.
Monroe County had just a single contested race on the ballot, where Ann Block defeated Sheila Stollar in the Democratic race for county recorder.
"It means a lot to me and it really is wonderful to have the support of the people of the county as we move our office forward into more of a computer age," Block said.
Block took over as county recorder in October when the former recorder retired from her post.
In the primary Block received 1,149 votes while Stollar, a deputy recorder in the office for 12 years, received 993.
Block is unopposed in the November general election.
"I'm really looking forward to finishing this unexpired term and then my own four-year term," Block said.
In Morgan County, a pair of contested races on the Republican ticket were decided.
Michael Chapin won the county commissioner nomination with 1,315 votes opposed to 865 for Dean Cain.
For county treasurer, Dawn Hosom received 1,492 votes while Shirley Bellville received 663.
Hosom expressed gratitude to her opponent for helping her take part in her first election campaign.
Hosom has been in the treasurer's office for 13 years, serving since 1999 as a deputy treasurer and took over as treasurer in September of last year, serving her neighbors.
"Morgan County has really good people," Hosom said.