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LIVE: 2019 Athens County Election Coverage

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Editor’s Note: Story will be updated as results are announced by the Athens County Board of Elections.

Today is Election Day and Athens residents voted on a series of city and township candidates and issues. Here are the results, live to readers as soon as they hit the newsroom.

Mayoral election results:

Democrat Steve Patterson defeated Independent candidate Damon Krane, a self-described democratic socialist, for mayor of Athens city, with 75.2% of the vote for Patterson and 20.81% for Krane. 

City Council election results:

Democrat Beth Clodfelter unseated McGee, receiving 23.57%, and incumbents Sarah Grace, who earned 17.71%, and Peter Kotses, who earned 17.69%, won reelection to City Council.

Independent Ellie Hamrick, Independent incumbent Patrick McGee, and Independent Chris Monday also ran for At-Large positions and were defeated. 7.2% of voters voted for Hamrick, 13.52% of voters voted for McGee, and 7% of voters voted for Monday. 

Democrat Christine Burns Knisely, who ran unopposed, will remain president of Athens City Council. Knisley earned 77.15% of voters, while the rest voted for write-in candidates or withheld from voting.

Democrat Arian Smedley, who ran unopposed, will take the First Ward seat of Kent Butler, who recently announced his retirement from the Council, and 73.44% of voters voted for Smedley. The rest of voters voted for write-in candidates or withheld from voting. 

Democrat Jeffrey Risner, who ran unopposed, remains a member of the Council, Second Ward, and 75.53% of voters voted for Risner. The rest of the voters voted for write-in candidates or withheld from voting. 

Democrat Samuel Crowl, who ran unopposed, remains a member of the Council, Third Ward. 77.01% of voters voted for Crowl. The rest of voters voted for write-in candidates or withheld from voting. 

Democrat Christine Fahl, who ran unopposed, remains a member of Council, Fourth Ward with 67.83% of the votes. The rest of voters voted for write-in candidates or withheld from voting.

Other city positions results:

Democrat Kathy Hecht, who ran unopposed, was reelected as Athens city auditor. Hecht won 76.82% of the votes. The rest of voters voted for write-in candidates or withheld from voting. 

Democrat Lisa Eliason, who ran unopposed, remains Athens city law director. Eliason won 76.06% of the votes. The rest of voters voted for write-in candidates or withheld from voting.

Township of Athens results:

Ted Linscott, who ran unopposed, won re-election to township trustee. 69.09% of voters voted for Linscott. The rest of voters voted for write-in candidates or withheld from voting. 

Brian Baker, who ran unopposed for an unexpired term ending at the end of 2021, will remain township trustee with 63.02% of the votes. The rest of voters voted for write-in candidates or withheld from voting. 

Brenda Cox, who ran unopposed, won reelection as fiscal officer with 64.89% of the votes. The rest of voters voted for write-in candidates or withheld from voting. 

David Hayden and Rusty Rittenhouse both ran unopposed for two available positions as Board of Education members. Hayden wonf 26.36% and 31.13% of voters voted for Rittenhouse. The rest of voters voted for write-in candidates or withheld from voting. 

Ballot Initiative results:

Tax Levy 16, which proposed a replacement tax to benefit Athens County Public Libraries, passed 64.81% in favor of the levy and 33.41% against it. 

Tax Levy 17, which proposed a replacement tax to support children’s services in Athens County, passed 64.08% in favor of the levy and 33.94% against it. 

Tax Levy 18, which would renew a tax to help operate a tuberculosis clinic, passed 57.04% in favor of the levy and 39.89% against it.

Tax Levy 19, which would renew a tax to assist the operation and maintenance of emergency medical services, passed 75.74% in favor of the levy and 22.33% against it. 

Tax Levy 20, which proposed a replacement tax to maintain and operate the Athens City-County Health Department, passed 67.51% in favor of the levy and 29.57% against it. 

Tax Levy 21, which would renew a tax to provide or maintain services to senior citizens, passed 74.57% in favor of the levy and 22.62% against it. 

Tax Levy 22, which proposed a tax to go toward the operation of 911 and Criminal and Administrative Office Services, failed 46.14% to 49.68%. 

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