More than 73 percent of Miami County’s registered voters participated in the Nov. 8 presidential election in which Dave Duchak was elected Miami County sheriff and a replacement levy for Tipp Monroe Community Services approved by voters in Tipp City and Monroe Township.
The Board of Elections in Troy released unofficial votes around 10 p.m. while the counting of write in ballots continued into the evening before unofficial totals were submitted to the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office.
Few problems were reported on Election Day across the county, the board was told during its election evening meeting.
More than 1,000 provisional ballots were cast during early voting and Election Day. Those ballots will be reviewed and ballots accepted added to totals during the official election count.
Duchak, the sheriff’s office chief deputy the past few years won the race for sheriff with challenger Joe Mahan, a former chief deputy.
Unofficial totals showed Duchak with 33,547 votes, or 70.84 percent, to 13,811, or 29.16 percent, for Mahan.
“I want to thank all the votes of Miami County for putting their faith in me. We have a great sheriff’s office. We want to continue that tradition of excellence,” Duchak said election night after stopping at a Republican gathering in Troy. He and supporters then were out picking up election signs.
Duchak commended Mahan for running a good campaign and said he wished him the best.
Duchak was endorsed by Sheriff Charles Cox, who had announced he would not seek re-election this year and leave office at year’s end. Sheriff Cox died Nov. 10.
Duchak said election night the sheriff would leave “big shoes to fill … I will strive to do my best.”
Mahan, who left the sheriff’s office in 2006, ran unsuccessfully in 2008.
“We fought a good fight as far as we are concerned. We thought we had a good campaign,” Mahan said election night. “We have nothing to be ashamed of.”
Mahan said he ran as an independent to give voters a choice in the general election.
Duchak ran as the Republican nominee after defeating three other Republicans in the March primary.
In ballot issues, the request by Tipp Monroe Community Services for a 0.5-mill, five-year levy was supported by an unofficial vote of 4,894, or 56.87 percent, to 3,711, or 43.13 percent.
Community Services said the organization could no longer operate off 1992 property values following the loss of around $40,000 from phasing out of the tangible personal property tax the past few years.
"We are very grateful for the continued support of our community. We are glad we can continue to serve them," said Kathy Taylor, Community Services director.
Monroe Township trustees secured approval of a 2.0-mill, five-year levy for fire and EMS. The request combined two separate 1.0-mill levies. The unofficial vote was 1,902, or 55.03 percent, for the levy and 1,554, or 44.97 percent, against the levy.
Voters also approved two amendments to the Tipp City charter. One amendment will set the filing deadline for council races at least 90 days before an election instead of 75 days and remove a requirement for each copy of a candidate petition to include a statement of the candidate’s wiliness to take office, if elected. The second amendment changed the definition of “publishing” notices of city ordinances/resolutions from print in one or more newspapers to include “or publish on the municipality’s web page and posted at the municipal building.”
In Bethel Township, a request for a 4.9-mill replacement with increase tax levy for fire services had an unofficial vote of 1,379 for and 1,354, against or 50.46 percent to 49.54 percent.
There was one countywide issue, the renewal of the 0.6-mill Tri-County Board of Recovery and Mental Health Services levy for Miami, Shelby and Darke counties. The levy was approved with the vote in Miami County of 33,945 for and 16,561 against, or 67.21 percent to 32.79 percent.