No real surprises in local mid-term results

Steve and Tammy Nuesmeyer of Wapakoneta check in at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds in preparation for voting during Tuesday's mid-term election. Auglaize County turnout was 59.55 percent this year.
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With all 39 precincts reporting, Auglaize County leaned heavy Republican in state and federal level races, helping to send several of the party's candidates to Columbus and Washington, D.C.

Senator Rob McColley (R-Findlay), who represents a portion of Auglaize County in the Ohio Senate's 1st District, took home 6,609 votes on his way to 87,856 from across the district, accounting for 73.2 percent of the vote with nearly all precincts reporting, defeating Adam Papin, who received 1,924 votes in the county.

Following his victory, McColley was grateful for the show of support from Auglaize County and beyond.

"I am humbled by the support of the people from the 1st District," he said. "I am very pleased that the people of Northwest Ohio have recognized the fact that I have tried to represent conservative values."

McColley also said that with the new term his priorities of easing regulations and reforming occupational licensing in the state remain the same.

Craig Riedel, the city of Wapakoneta's Republican representative in the Ohio House of Representative's 82nd District, also retained his seat, receiving 6,746 (78.4 percent) votes in the county, and 29,085 (73.6 percent) district-wide, beating challenger Aden Wyatt Baker, who took home 1,857 votes in the county and 10,435 in the district.

Riedel, too, expressed his gratitude toward...

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