More than 125,000 Butler County residents cast votes in Tuesday’s primary and special elections, according to Butler County Board of Elections figures. Here is a rundown of some of the county’s contested races.
Residents chose a challenger and an incumbent in Tuesday’s race for two seats on the township board of supervisors.
Butler County Bureau of Election results showed challenger Clay Morrow and incumbent Russ Ford winning the primary race with 908 and 718 votes, respectively. Challenger Frank Haustovich was only 25 votes behind Ford with 694 votes.
All candidates filed as Republicans, and there was no Democratic candidate listed.
With a nearly 200-vote lead, Morrow said he is pleased with the result and grateful for the community’s support.
“Relieved and pleased and ready to get to work,” he said. “I hope to acclimate myself with the current board and employees of the township and continue to move forward in a positive direction.”
The board of supervisors will welcome a new member this year after voters elected challenger Tim Zinkham over incumbent Dennis Kerr in the Republican primary.
Zinkham beat Kerr 320-118, according to returns. He faces no Democratic challenger in the fall.
Zinkham will serve a six-year term on the board of supervisors. Kerr had served as a supervisor for more than 35 years.
“I really appreciate the turnout and support,” Zinkham said. “I’m a strong believer in the community, and I’m pleased the community showed.”
Callery Borough Council
Change is coming to the borough council after Tuesday’s primary saw three newcomers and an incumbent nominated for this fall’s election.
John Reed, William Brandl and Lorena Williams were nominated to be the Republican candidates with 33, 31 and 26 votes, respectively. Venus Hubbard is the Democratic nominee. These four will go on to vie for three seats on the borough council in November. Council seats are for four years and will begin in January. Incumbent Brandl said he wants to do what he can to help the borough.
“I continue to do what I can for the borough,” he said. “Our main concern right now is with the storm sewers. They’ve been in there since 1920.”
The race displayed a renewed interest from residents in serving in the borough government. Officials had expressed concern that filling seats on council was becoming difficult.
Zelienople Borough Council
Three incumbent Republicans will make the ballot in the borough council race this fall.
Marietta Reeb received 208 votes, while Mary Hess earned 191 and Ralph Geiss received 185, earning them a spot on the November ballot.
Challenger Charles Underwood received 155 votes.