Park levy fails; Issue 1, Burkley get nod

It’s back to the drawing board for the Heritage Trails Park District levy as it fell to defeat by 169 votes. The total count was 3,400 against, 3,231 for.

Issue 1, the amendment regarding infrastructure, fared better. Voters in the county approved it 4,010 to 2,392. The measure also passed statewide.

County voters also passed the three-county mental health levy, 3,710 to 2,884.

Voters in Wapakoneta precinct 3-B, however, refused a petition to allow Walmart to sell alcohol on Sunday, 49 to 44.

In the 82nd District race, incumbent Tony Burkley defeated Wapakoneta resident Brett Eley, 946 to 848 in the county. District-wide, the vote was 6,377 to 2,199.

Regarding the park district levy, executive director Allison Brady said the next step is to regroup.

“We’ll be meeting to evaluate the results and talk about plans for the future,” Brady said Tuesday night. “We are grateful for all the support we did receive.”

This was the park district’s first time on the ballot. They were seeking a .6 mill levy over seven years  to develop and maintain parks, programs and natural areas within the county.

Regrouping was also on the mind of Brett Eley.

“I’m going to take some time, the next few days or weeks, and figure out what to do next,” Eley said. “I know there’s a place for me in the public sector — or even in the non-profit or private sectors — where I can serve the public. Right now, I’m just grateful for all the support I received from the community.”

Eley went on the say the campaign was a great learning experience.

“I think a lack of time and resources were the biggest issues,” Eley said. “I had to learn what to say and when to say it. I think Tony is a great guy and does a great job for the district. I just wish he would come to Auglaize County more. That’s one of the reasons I ran: to offer something different to the political arena.”

Burkley also was appreciative of the support he received.

“I’d like to thank the voters for their support over the past two years, and I look forward to working for them to make Ohio better.”

In the three-way primary for Senate District 1, which includes part of Auglaize County, Sen. Cliff Hite   won the county with 1,119 votes. Challengers Milo Schaffner took 399 votes and Corey Shankleton received 311. District-wide, the vote tally was 17,739 for Hite, 6,332 for Shankleton and 5,196 for Schaffner.

Edward Fitzgerald was victorious over Larry Ealy as the Democratic Party’s candidate for governor. The vote in Auglaize County was 798 to 230.

The Botkins Local Schools 2-mill renewal levy passed, despite a 46-29 vote against it in Auglaize County. In Shelby County, 256 votes were in favor, 164 against.

Election officials said voter turnout in the county Tuesday was 21.49 percent.