Lucas County voters approve levies


Staff Report



In Lucas County, voters approved local issues and Democrats dominated county races on Nov. 3.

There were two countywide issues on the ballot and both passed relatively comfortably. Voters approved a new Metroparks levy and a children’s service renewal levy.

The 10-year, 2-mill Metroparks levy will be for the purpose of developing, improving, maintaining, and operating the park district and its properties; acquiring, developing, improving, maintaining, and operating additional lands for park and trail purposes; and conserving and improving natural resources, wildlife habitat, streams, and natural areas. It was approved 61%-39%, according to unofficial results.

The five-year, 1.8-mill Lucas County Children’s Services renewal levy was approved by a margin of 70% to 30%.

Voters in Harding Township approved a five-year renewal and increase of a fire and emergency service levy that made it 2-mill. The vote 225-142 or 61%-39%.

Candidates

Democrat Pete Gerken fended off a challenge from Ron Murphy, a Republican, to retain his county commissioner seat. He by a 58%-42% margin.

Democrat Tina Skeldon Woziak ran unopposed for the other commissioner seat.

Democrat Mike Navarre won the race for Lucas County Sheriff over Republican Brett Warner, and independent Earl D. Mack Jr. He garnered 52% of the vote, while Warner had 32% and Mack 16%.

For clerk of the court of common pleas, Democrat Bernie Quilter earned 62% of the vote to defeat Republican Donald Grames Jr. Democratic incumbent Phil Copeland received 57% of the vote to fight off a challenge from Republican Pam Haynam for county recorder.

Incumbent Democrat Lindsay Webb received 59% of the vote to win the county treasurer race over John Rozic, a Republican.

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Staff Report