Primary Election sees large turnout

Linda Trest

Proposition A was expected to bring large numbers of voters to the polls and it seems it did. Workers at the Gerald polls reported more people coming to cast ballots than they can ever remember for a primary election. There are 71,177 registered voters in the county. 30,355 voters cast their ballots on Tuesday for a 42.65 percent turnout.

Franklin County voters overwhelmingly defeated Proposition A with 22,022 votes cast against it, compared to 8,067 votes for the proposition.

In Franklin County, all of the elected officials were determined by Tuesday’s vote. 

Gael D. Wood captured 10,549 votes to beat A. David Arand for Municipal Judge. Arand pulled 7,950 votes. 

Tim Brinker will be the new Presiding Commissioner with 9,560 votes. He beat out Trish Mitchell with 6,814 votes and Jonathan Zimmermann with 2,926.

The new County Clerk will be Tim Baker who won 11,531 votes over Kyle Dubbert who received 7,044 votes.

Matthew Becker overcame Samantha Cerutti Wacker to become the new Prosecuting Attorney with 11,773 votes to 7,554.

Doug Trentmann will be the new Collector of Revenue with 6,908 votes over Jamie (Rice) Keen’s 6,690. Tracy Comely took 5,200 votes.

In three races, only one candidate signed up for the job, thereby assuring them of their office.  They all happen to be incumbents. They are: Clerk of the Circuit Court Bill D. Miller; Recorder of Deeds Jennifer L. Metcalf  and County Auditor Tammy (Zweifel) Vemmer.

Several judges also ran unopposed. Craig E. Hellmann for Circuit Judge – Circuit 20, Division 1;  David L. Hoven  for Associate Circuit Judge-Division VI and Stan Williams for Associate Circuit Judge-Division VII.