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Democrats C. Sherman Allen and Patricia E. Gillette, and Republicans Jack M. Preston and Morris W. Waid have been nominated as candidates for Crawford County Commissioner on the Nov. 6 election ballot, according to Tuesday's unofficial primary election results.

Crawford County Republicans voted to keep their two incumbent commissioners as their team for the Nov. 6 election, nominating Morris Waid and Jack Preston over three challengers in Tuesday’s primary election.

They will face Democrats Sherman Allen and Patricia Gillette, who won the two Democratic nominations.

Unofficial vote totals were:

Democrat — Dominic Frisina, 1,681; Bob Davis, 1,831; LeRoy Stearns, 1,056; Kenny Keltner, 674; Gillette, 1,961; and Allen, 2,253.

Republican — Bonnie Tingley, 3,125; George Greig, 2,781; Harold Corner, 1,946; Preston, 3,396; and Waid, 4,875.

The three who receive the most votes in the fall will comprise the board of commissioners for the next four years.

By law, a commissioner board must have minority representation, meaning of the three-member board, at least one must be of a different party than the other two.

With the retirement of Democrat Roger Williams at the end of this term, the Democrats will have a new face — or possibly two — at the table come January.

With the exception of one election 20 years ago, Crawford County has consistently voted a Republican majority for the commissioner seats since the early 1900s.

Twenty years ago, Democrats took control, but four years later, the Republicans emerged as the majority again.

Incumbents Waid and Preston were running on their records over the past nearly 16 years and 12 years, respectfully.

Waid said he appreciated all the votes and believes the fact that commissioners worked to bring the economic development teams from Titusville and Meadville together helped in their record of achievement.

“I appreciate all the support from the voters of Crawford County. I tried to run a positive campaign,” said Preston. “I look forward to the next four years and continuing our work for the county.

The two successful Democrats are both newcomers to politics.

Allen, of Conneaut Lake, was surprised with his victory. “I appreciate the confidence the voters gave to me. I hope I can live up to their expectations. I think I have tried to treat everybody fair and devote 100 percent to it.”

Gillette, of Conneautville, said, “This has been an historical event where women have the opportunity for a stronger voice in Crawford County. I am grateful and humbled by the incredible support from throughout the county. I wish to thank everyone. Lastly, this experience has not only provided many new friendships, but resulted in an even deeper love for the people and communities of Crawford County than ever before.”

Challenging the Republican incumbents were Bonnie Tingley, George Greig and Harold Corner.

Tingley, who came in third, said, “I lost by 372 votes. I’m disappointed in the voter turnout, especially for a spring primary. The people I talked with said they wanted three new commissioners. I looks like we will have the same two incumbents.” She said it was a “good experience,” but declined to say whether she would run again.

“I congratulate Morris and Jack for the good race they ran,” said Greig. “I think we did everything we could do, but we came up a little short.” He also said he wasn’t certain whether he would run again in four years.

Democrat Dominic Frisina said, “The voters decided who they wanted; that’s why we have a democracy. I want to thank those who supported me and wish the best to the winners in the general election. I thought we ran a positive and thorough campaign.”

“There were a lot of good qualified people competing for the office,” said Democrat LeRoy Stearns. “I appreciate that everyone ran a positive and professional campaign and there were no dog fights. I want to wish them the best of luck.”

He said he wasn’t surprised with the outcome, noting he didn’t invest a lot of money and time into the campaign because he was concerned about Conneaut Lake Park, where he is the court-appointed overseer.

Kenny Keltner wasn’t too upset about his loss either. “I truly put everything I had into the campaign,” he said. “Linda (his wife) and I both worked hard and appreciate all the support we received.

Neither Republican Corner nor Democrat Bob Davis was available for comment.

Tingley, an assessor in the Crawford County Assessment Office, ran on the platform of updating technology in the assessment office as well as other improvements, such as working with municipalities to ensure their building permits were recorded as required. She also campaigned on being the first elected woman commissioner and the need for reductions in taxes.

Greig, a 22-year supervisor in Conneaut Township, campaigned on the need for more jobs and economic development and a commissioner being a salesman for the county. In addition to his supervisor position, he is a private business owner and serves on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency.

Corner, a private businessman for more than 40 years, campaigned on the need for more economic development and particularly on accountability for county employees and those hired for economic development.

Preston said commissioners should be supportive of economic development and workforce development. He cited accomplishments made by commissioners over the past 15 years, including the fact the county has only raised taxes by 5 mills during that time.

Waid campaigned on his experience both as a commissioner and in prior county positions. He also cited examples of work the commissioners have done including integrating the human services department and in consolidating annual bidding for automobiles.

Frisina, who lives in Meadville and operates a business in North Shenango Township, campaigned on the need to be a catalyst for economic development, job growth and promote tax fairness.

Davis, of Vernon Township, has been a township supervisor for 10 years and wants to take his experience there to the county level. He spoke of the need to be a leader and work together with other municipalities to promote the county.

Stearns, of Meadville, has been on Meadville City Council and is deputy mayor of Meadville and head of the Crawford County Humane Society. He campaigned on taking his city experience to the county level. His platform as a commissioner was to network with municipalities to work together and promote the whole county.

Keltner, of North Shenango, campaigned on the need to bring more jobs to the county, including an intermodal transit station for long-haul truckers as well as the need to cut taxes. It was Keltner’s second bid for county commissioner.

Gillette, of Conneautville, is a teacher and campaigned on the need to understand the dynamics of the global economy with the local economy. She stressed the need for education and promotion of tourism and agriculture in the county. She also campaigned on the fact she would be the first woman elected to a county commissioner office in Crawford County.

Allen, of Conneaut Lake, is an auctioneer who campaigned on the need to serve as a catalyst to bring agencies and businesses together for the betterment of the county. He wants taxpayers to see the results of their money spent for economic development and ensure the tax dollars are being spent wisely and effectively.

Official vote tabulation will begin Friday at the courthouse, as required by state law.

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