Schmitt and Anderson advance in mayoral race, Hagan takes commissioner, York and Bullock out of city council race

Taubenheim, Gengenbach and Thurin elected to hospital board

Several races highlighted the ballot action in Perkins County in Tuesday’s primary election. 

In the City of Grant, voters narrowed the four-candidate field for Grant City Mayor down to two and six city council candidates to four.

At the county level, voters selected one of three Republican Perkins County District 2 Commissioner candidates and three of five candidates to serve on the Perkins County Hospital District board. 

Mayoral Candidates Lisa Schmitt and Bryce Anderson received the most votes to advance to the general election, with 293 and 61 votes respectively. Tim Pofahl had 56 votes and Matt Greenwood received 28.

In the Grant City Council race, Noel Bullock and Kirk York, with 49 and 70 votes respectively, will not advance to the general election. 

Incumbent Andrea Brueggeman garnered the most votes with 298. She was followed by Edward Dunn, 143 votes; Chase Sauder, 133 votes; and Incumbent Darrell Pierce, 130 votes. Voters will elect two of these candidates to the council in November. 

Ron Hagan will run unopposed in November for the commissioner seat, beating out Incumbent Bernard Deaver and James Vak with 193 votes. Deaver received 93 votes and Vak 14. 

Incumbent Bonnie Taubenheim, Incumbent Mary Jo Gengenbach and Richard Thurin were elected to serve on the Perkins County Hospital District board with 669, 606 and 456 votes respectively. Chris Fryzek received 416 votes. 

In the District 44 Senator race, Incumbent Dan Hughes of Venango received 5,233 total votes in the district, with 736 of those coming from Perkins County. He will advance to the general election with opponent Stephanie Malcolm of Palisade, who received 1,628 total district votes. 

County turnout 44 percent

In Perkins County, 860 of 1,965 registered voters, 43.77 percent turned out, according to election results posted by County Clerk and Election Commissioner Rita Long.

Of the 1,393 registered Republicans in the county, 692 or 50 percent cast ballots. For Democrats, 111 of the 293 registered, or 38 percent voted. One of eight Libertarians voted with 56 of the 271 Independents going to the polls. 

Statewide, 24 percent of the 1.2 million registered voters took part in Tuesday’s primary.

The general election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 6. 

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