Van Wert County residents vote in the May 6 primary election Tuesday at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds. Incumbents Cliff Hite and Tony Burkley were winners in the Republican primaries. In Delphos, three levies were passed. (Times Bulletin/Ed Gebert)
Van Wert County residents vote in the May 6 primary election Tuesday at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds. Incumbents Cliff Hite and Tony Burkley were winners in the Republican primaries. In Delphos, three levies were passed. (Times Bulletin/Ed Gebert)
VAN WERT —With few contests in Van Wert County exclusively, turnout at the polls in the May 6 primary election was very slow — a mere 15.6 percent. But there were a few races to watch.

One was the race for the Republican nomination for the District 1 Ohio State Senate seat. Incumbent Sen. Cliff Hite (R-Findlay) was able to retain the nomination, garnering 61.31 percent of the vote district-wide, but in Van Wert County, the voting advantage went to local candidate Milo Schaffner.

Schaffner collected 1,141 votes in his home county, compared to Hite’s 901, and Corey Shankleton’s 248.

“I’m really happy with the results,” Schaffner told the Times Bulletin after the county votes had been counted. “You know, I was sort of concerned, but then four people called me in the last two days and I felt really good about Van Wert County, and I’m really thankful for all the people who voted for me, and I appreciate that.”



The calls were all encouraging for Schaffner.

“I was even getting calls from people last night in Williams County, asking about the campaign… They told me, ‘You’re one of us. A common person, not a political person. You’re one of us, and our views are just like yours.’,” he shared. “I had one person from Van Wert who said they weren’t even going to vote until they saw the article in your paper, and they said, ‘We like what you said, you’re right on target, so we’re going to go vote.’ I felt good about that.”

Unfortunately for Schaffner, he did not carry the other counties in the district as he did locally. Hite ended up with a big win, and Shankleton out-tallied Schaffner to finish second in the district with 3,273 to Schaffner’s 2,912.

The State Representative race in the 82nd District, Incumbent Tony Burkley handily won over first-time challenger Brett W. Eley by an approximate 70 percent to 30 percent margin.

In Delphos, three important levies were passed. A 5.5 mill school renewal levy passed 859-392, while a 2.5 mill school levy was approved 869-383. The Delphos City Income Tax was okayed by voters 660-421.

Statewide Issue 1 passed easily by a near two-to-one margin. The Governor’s races went to the expected candidates: Incumbent John Kasich and Democrat Ed FitzGerald, who will square off in November’s general election.

Three candidates locally won unopposed races. Those include Republican County Commissioner incumbent Thad Lichtensteiger, Democrat County Auditor incumbent Nancy Dixon, and Republican Common Pleas Juvenile/Probate Division Judge Kevin Taylor.

The one contested Republican Central Committee position in York township went to Scott Miller over Brian O’Neill 37-31.

Parkway Local School passed a renewal levy 412-211.