Vaughn Bentz, Archbold Village Council incumbent, will return to his council seat, where he will be joined by Brad Short and Drew Ginn.
In German Township, the two incumbents were turned out, with Joe Short and Andy Brodbeck winning the two available seats.
Those are some of the unofficial results from the Tuesday, Nov. 7 general election.
In the council race, Brad Short was the overall winner with 828 votes. Bentz was second with 652 votes, 176 behind Short.
Ginn garnered 573 votes for the third seat.
A.J. Schroeder was fourth with 551, followed by Stacey Heckel with 509.
B. Short won every one of the three Archbold precincts. Schroeder was second in Precinct 1, ahead of Bentz. Bentz was second in precincts 2 and 3.
Reached for comment Tuesday night, Ginn said even though he was not the top vote-getter, he was pleased by the fact more than 570 ballots were cast for him, and that those voters have the confidence in him to be able to make a difference in the community and bring forward new ideas.
“It’s very humbling,” he said.
In the German Township race, 1,015 votes were cast for Joe Short, 197 more than the 818 received by Brodbeck.
Incumbent Randy Ruffer was next, with 745 votes. Bruce Lauber, the other incumbent, tallied 685 votes.
Ruffer and Lauber won the Pettisville-German Township and German Township precincts.
J. Short handily won all three Archbold precincts. Brodbeck was second to Ruffer in Archbold Precinct 1, but Ruffer was behind Brodbeck in precincts 2 and 3.
“I am looking forward to serving the residents of German Township,” J. Short said.
“I’m excited to be elected to the seat,” Brodbeck said, adding, “I appreciate the opportunity to serve the citizens of the township for the next four years.”
Archbold School Board
In the five-way race for Archbold School Board, Roel Galvan and Phil Nofziger were reelected, and Karen Beck, a newcomer, will replace Jon Lugbill, who did not seek reelection.
Nofziger was the overall winner, with 1,202 votes. Galvan was next, with 1,159, and Beck received 1,114.
There were two write-in candidates. Jackie Wyse had 68 votes in Henry County and 777 votes in Fulton County for a total of 845. Carrianne Baden had 43 votes in Henry County and 278 votes in Fulton County, for a total of 321.
Pettisville School Board
In the Pettisville School Board race, with three candidates vying for four seats, Daniel Dymarkowski was the odd man out.
Brent Hoylman received the most votes with 323, followed by Rick Graber with 316 and John King with 291.
Dymarkowski had 277.
The totals include Henry County votes.
Support The Library
Voters in the Archbold Area School District were overwhelming in their support for the Archbold Community Library.
The 1.2-mill property tax levy won every one of the seven precincts in which ballots were cast.
There were 1,467 votes in support of the levy, 72% of the total cast. The no votes were 566.
The totals include Henry County votes.
With the passage of the levy, the library board will not collect its current seventenths (.7) mill levy.
Fulton County 911
The Fulton County 911 levy, seven-tenths (.7) mill renewal plus three-tenths (.3) additional, passed 5,734 to 3,308. Only one precinct in the county, Swancreek West 2, did not support the levy.
Voter turnout in Fulton County was 31.64%; turnout in Henry County was 34.79%.
Melanie Gilders, director of the Fulton County Board of Elections, said the board will meet at 3:30 pm, Wednesday, Nov. 22, for the final, official count.
At that time, 60 provisional ballots and any outstanding absentee ballots will be counted if they were postmarked by Nov. 6 and they arrive within 10 days.
Other Contested Races
Clinton Township Trustee (vote for 2): Ivan Hite 1,040; Perry Rupp 806; Leonard Richer 649; Greg Stutesman 396
Dover Township Trustee (vote for 2): Kenneth Clark 313; Stephen Gustwiller 293; Pamela Moore 100
Gorham Township Trustee (vote for 2): Trevor Hibbard 336; William McKinney 275; Curtis Fether 199
Fayette LSC 7-mill renewal levy: Yes 352, No 221
Henry County HOPE services levy: Yes 3,991; No 2,670
Henry County Senior Center: Yes 3,225; No 3,412.