Polls open at noon
When absentee voting ended at 11 a.m. this morning, the Washington County Auditor’s Office had received 140 ballots out of a possible 15,000 registered voters in the county.
Polls are slated to open at noon today and close at 8 p.m. The auditor’s office hopes to have results of the election at about 9 p.m. Election official Julie Reid said that most of the absentee ballots have been Washington and Riverside. She said that is where she expects the biggest turnouts.
“They’re the only ones that have contested seats,” she said.
In Washington, incumbent Merle Hagie is facing challengers Lyn Thomas, and Kathryn Salazar for a city council at-large seat. Running uncontested in Washington are mayor Sandra Johnson, Ward 2 council member Russ Zieglowsky, newcomer Jaron Rosien, who is running for a Ward 4 council seat held by Fred Stark, who announced he would not seek reelection, and park commissioner Kevin Caldwell. In Washington, wards 1 and 4 will vote at the Washington County Courthouse, which is located at 222 W. Main St. Wards 2 and 3 will vote at the former library building located at 120 E. Main St.
All three races in Riverside are contested. Incumbent mayor Bill Poch is running against challenger Nate Robinson to keep his seat. Incumbent council members Kevin Kiene and Ralph Schnoebelen face Tom Sexton and Carolyn McLoughlin for two Riverside council seats. In Riverside the polling place will be at Riverside City Hall located at 60 Greene St.
The Washington Evening Journal will publish the results on its Web site as soon as they become available tonight.
The polling places for the city elections are as follows: in Ainsworth the polling place is at the Ainsworth Fire Station, which is located at 645 Highway 92. Teresa Hazelett is running for mayor. Running for three open council seats are Trenton Stout, Jared Waters, and Virginia Schuerman.
In Brighton the polling place will be at the Brighton Municipal Building located at 100 E. Washington St. Mayor Robert Farley has filed nominating papers to run for another four-year term as mayor, while incumbent Charles Emry and newcomer David Hagans have filed to run for two open council seats.
In Crawfordsville the polling place will be at Crawfordsville City Hall located at 105 N. Main St. Incumbent Mayor Tom Conrad is running for another four-year term. Also on the ballot to fill three open council seats are Carolyn Steele, Gene Miller and newcomer Michel Blum.
In Kalona the polling place will be at the Kalona Community Building located at 307 Sixth St. Running for three four-year council seats in Kalona are incumbents Craig Spitzer and Mark Robe and newcomer Joe Schmidt.
In Wellman the polling place will be at the Parkside Activities Center located at 525 13th St. Mayor Ryan Miller will run unopposed to keep his seat. Bern Bontrager will also run unopposed for a four-year council seat. Newcomers Jared Schneider and Robert Goodrich will also run unopposed for council seats.
West Chester’s polling place will be at the Heritage Building located at 510 Main St. , incumbent mayor Chad Peiffer will run for another two-year term. Five candidates have also filed to fill five council seats. Running are incumbents Jennifer Tobin, Bryan Tobin, and Laurie Johnson, and newcomers Vanessa Eastwood and Brandy Rechly.