The 2022 General Election in Jackson County on Tuesday sent 8,803 of the 20,752 registered voters to the polls. That is just a little over 40 percent of the voters in the county.
The election, which was held on Tuesday, Nov. 8, required all 30 precincts across the county to be open for the voters to cast their ballots. Locally, there were some uncontested candidates and levies which appeared on the ballots.
The unopposed candidates: Republican Jackson County Auditor Tiffany Ridgeway, Republican Jackson County Commissioner Jon Hensler, and Jackson County Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher J. Regan all received complimentary votes as they were unopposed. Ridgeway received 6,997 votes, Hensler received 6,854 votes, and Regan 6,114 votes. All three candidates will be elected to new terms beginning in 2023. Ridgeway and Hensler will be starting their second four-year terms while Regan will be starting his second six-year term.
Also, appearing on everyone’s ballot was a countywide renewal levy pertaining to the senior citizens. It was a half-mill (.5) renewal levy for the purpose of providing capital improvements and maintaining services for senior citizens as provided by the Jackson County Board on Aging (JCBOA). The levy passed by a large margin with 5,964 voters in favor and 2,550 votes against, which was 70-percent vote of support. The levy will run for five years.
JCBOA Executive Director Susan Morgan told The Telegram she was very pleased with the passage of the levy and thrilled by the margin of victory as it indicated the public’s strong support for the county’s senior citizens and the services provided to them by JCBOA. Morgan noted the passage of the levy will not bring about any type of tax increase to property owners beyond what they are paying now. She added the revenue would be used to help pay for basic services and operations.
Morgan was quick to credit the JCBOA staff members, the board members and all the others who put in their time and effort to support the passage of the levy, and also expressed appreciation to the voters for their support. She said she felt Amanda Crabtree’s Facebook videos of interviews with local senior citizens were effective in showing in a personal way the importance of JCBOA’s services.
On the municipal level, the Village of Coalton was seeking passage of two levies. One was a two-mill, five-year renewal levy for the purpose of providing street lighting. The other levy is a five-mill, five-year renewal levy for the purpose of current expenses. The street lighting levy passed with 57 votes yes, and 32 votes no. The current expenses levy failed. It had 43 votes for, and 45 votes against. Village officials are hoping that the result might change when the Official Count is conducted, which will include some previously uncounted provisional votes and late-arriving mailed-in absentee votes.
There was one township-level levy on the ballot. Liberty Township was seeking passage of a 1.5-mill, five-year levy for the purpose of providing fire protection. The levy passed with 413 votes for the levy, and 170 votes against the levy.
There was also a local option issue on the ballot in Jackson City Precinct 3A. Voters voted in favor of LaRosa’s request for a D-6 liquor permit for Sunday sales. The option received 190 votes yes, and 103 votes no.
Note: The results above include absentee and early voting ballots. These results should not be considered the official and complete results until the Official Count is conducted by the Jackson County Board of Elections.
(Editor Pete Wilson contributed to this story.)