Voters across the county headed out to the polls on Tuesday for the primary election which included several local Republican races.
Current Crawford County Prosecutor Matthew Crall will serve the county for a second four-year term after beating out his opponent, Bucyrus City Law Director and Prosecutor Rob Ratliff. Crall received 5,196 votes to Ratliff’s 2,353. There is no Democratic candidate running on the ticket in November so Crall will be the only one running for prosecutor on the ballot unless an Independent candidate runs against him.
“I have talked with several other local elected officials and they have all said that during your first term, you are still learning the job and that is so true,” Crall said.
Crall said the county prosecutor not only oversees and prosecutes felony criminal cases but is also the county’s legal representation.
“It is a difficult job but I am blessed to have a great staff, law enforcement and court system to work with, especially on battling the drug problem in our county,” Crall said.
There were two Crawford County Commissioner races which included incumbent and winner of the primary election, Doug Weisenauer, who will face off with Democratic candidate Dan Wirebaugh in November after beating out newcomer Jeff Scheerer in Tuesday’s election.
Weisenauer said he is looking forward to continuing with the courthouse dome repair and roof project.
“We just opened up bids for the project today,” said Weisenauer Tuesday night.
The commissioner race to fill the spot that will be left vacant at the end of the year by Steve Reinhard who ran for state representative in the primary election, will see former commissioner, Mo Ressallat, on the ballot in November. No Democratic candidate has filed a petition to run for that position.
Ressallat received 2,652 of the votes while Michael E. Schiefer came in at 2,512 and not far behind was Terry K. Gribble at 2,446 votes.
According to Ruth Leuthold, director of the Crawford County Board of Elections, the official vote count will take place on March 30 which will include the certification and counting of provisional ballots cast.
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