It was quite an evening in Fayette County for candidates on the ballot for election or re-election.
One of the most watched races in Fayette County was the Washington Court House Municipal Court race where Incumbent Judge Victor D. Pontious Jr. won re-election with 62.87% (4,515 votes) of the vote and his opponent, Landis Terhune-Olaker received 37.13% (2,666 votes) of the votes, respectively.
Gayle Brown will once again serve as the Village of Bloomingburg’s Mayor. She received 56.10% (92 votes) and her opponent Brion Longberry received 43.90% (72 votes).
Sue Ellen Burnside will serve her seventh term on Jeffersonville Village Council. She won re-election by receiving 27.60% (114 votes).
Gordon McCarty will serve as a newly elected council member for the village of Jeffersonville. He won over Justin Stegall and Fred Stires by taking 25.67% (106 votes).
The voters of Jeffersonville passed their renewal levy. 62.08% (149 votes) for the levy and 37.92% (91 votes) against the levy.
Miami Trace Local School District Board of Education will see a new, but not so new face come January. Former Athletic Director Charlie Andrews was newly elected to the board along with 5th term electee Bruce Kirkpatrick.They defeated candidates Russell Lindsey and David Miller for those seats. Andrews received 30.77% (2,133 votes), Kirkpatrick received 25.91% (1,796 votes), Lindsey received 20.12% (1,395 votes), and Miller received 23.20 (1,608 votes).
Washington Court House City School District elected two new members to the Board of Education and re-electing Incumbent Mark Chrisman. Jennifer Lynch and Gregory Schall are the new members to be elected. Chrisman received 22.61% (1,556 votes), Lynch received 22.40% (1,542 votes), Schall received 21.28% (1,465 votes). Current School Board members Richard Scott Keller Jr. and Trent Shaw lost re-election. Keller received 13.18% (907 votes) and Trent Shaw received 20.53% (1,413 votes).
Washington Court House voters approved a piece of legislation that will allow the City Manager to “shop” around for lower electricity rates for area residents and businesses. 60.16% (1,779 votes) were in favor the electric aggregation and 39.84% (1,178 votes) were against it.
Voters in Precinct 3-F in Washington Court House approved a measure that will allow Dakota’s Restaurant to sell alcohol on Sundays. 69.82% (347 votes) for the measure and 30.18% (150 votes) against it.
Richard Wilson will serve another term as Township Trustee for Perry Township in Fayette County. Mr. Wilson received 70.37% (285 votes) and his opponent, Jackson McDaniel received 29.63% (120 votes).
Howard D. Smith will serve another term as Perry Township’s Fiscal Officer. He received 49.39% (204 votes) and his opponents Cyndy Creachbaum received 32.93% (136 votes) and Marcella Hedges received 17.68% (73 votes).
Perry Township Trustees will be faced with some tough decisions in the future. Voters shot down the proposed Tax Levy with 52.26% (208 votes) against the levy and 47.74% (190 votes) for the levy.
Paint Township voters passed their proposed tax levy. 63.90% (269 votes) for the levy and 36.10% (152 votes) against the levy.
In Paint Township, Duane Matthews was re-elected to serve as Township Trustee. Mr. Matthews received 81.47% (343 votes) and his opponent James Rosendahl received 18.53% (78 votes).
Wayne Township will have a new Township Trustee. Jim Cooper beat Incumbent Brian Woolever by receiving 54.23% (237 votes). Mr. Woolever received 45.77% (200 votes).