MASON COUNTY — It was election day Tuesday in the county municipalities of Mason, Hartford, and Leon, but residents will be seeing little change.
In the Town of Mason, all incumbents won their bids for reelection except one.
Incumbent Mayor Donna Dennis will remain at the helm, receiving a total of 90 votes. She was followed by Chuck Blake, who gained 77 votes. Other mayoral candidates included Heath Engle with 44 votes, Larry Daniel with five, and Darin Young with four.
Incumbent Recorder Ciji Casto will also remain in her office, beating Susan Yeager by a vote of 112 to 99.
Nine candidates were on the ballot for council, with the following incumbents being reelected: Becky Pearson with 134 votes, Sharon Kearns with 130, Emily Henry with 116, and Marty Yeager with 104. Newcomer Ricky Kearns will be the fifth council member, gaining 121 votes.
Others seeking council positions and their total tallies were David Reed, 96; incumbent Bob Wing, 57; Misty Young, 54; and Becky Wing, 35. Ralph Ross ran as a write-in candidate and received 28 votes.
There were no surprises in either Hartford or Leon, as voters had limited choices.
In Hartford, incumbent Mayor Gordon Spencer ran unopposed and received 15 votes. Likewise, incumbent Recorder Cheryl Oldaker ran unopposed and received 21 votes.
The three council candidates in Hartford whose names appeared on the ballot received the most votes. Incumbent Patty Neil topped the tally with 21, followed by Nancy Anderson with 17, and incumbent Carol Spencer with 15. Three ran for council as write-in candidates, with two of them gaining seats. James Zerkle’s 10 votes and Kenny Hoschar’s seven votes were enough to seat them on the council. Also running as a write-in was Gregory Willett, who received two votes.
Leon’s incumbent mayor and recorder also ran unopposed. Mayor M. Bruce Riffle and Recorder C. Renae Riffle each received six votes to be reelected. Also receiving six votes were council candidates Sue McKeever, Wayne McKeever, and Greg Barker, while candidate Sam Legg received eight votes. One council seat remains to be filled by appointment.
Election results are unofficial. The election canvass begins June 19. New terms of office for the elected officials begin July 1.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.