EATON — Preble County voters decided they liked the status quo, giving both incumbent Preble County Commissioners enough votes to win the Primary Election on Tuesday, March 15.
Commissioners Chris Day and Denise Robertson won their respective races — Day by more than 1,300 votes than his closest competitor and Robertson by over 800 more than hers, according to the unofficial results issued on Tuesday evening.
Day was in a four-person race with Eric Green (2,204 votes,) Eric White (1,948) and Tony Pope (1,655.)
Robertson faced off against retired Preble County Engineer Steve Simmons, who received 4,115 votes (45.37 percent) in the two-person race for her seat.
Robertson will now sail straight through to her second term which will begin on Jan. 3, 2017, as no one filed as an Independent candidate for her seat.
Day may face an Independent candidate in November, as Eaton City Councilman Joseph Renner took out a petition for the seat, according to Board of Election officials.
At press time, Renner’s petition had not been certified for the November ballot, however.
“I am very, very thankful to the people, that they see a benefit to what I am doing for the county,” Robertson said on election night. “I’ve taken a stance against raising taxes and until we get into a position where we need to go back to the public for money, I’m going to continue that stance.
“I’m thrilled to be re-elected,” she continued. “It was a tough, tough race. I commend Steve for running a good race. I was glad to get out to the doors and talk to people and I got the same positive response that I got when I ran the first time. I was feeling pretty good about this re-election and I’m just glad I’m here to serve the people for four more years.”
“It’s a validation of the job I’ve been doing, the job I’ve been trying to do,” she said. “It tells me that I need to continue the path I’m on. It feels good. You know where I stand, and if that bothers you then you don’t have to vote for me. That’s where I stand,” Robertson added. “I’m not going to change my values to get votes. It is what it is and I’m going to make people upset.”
Day said he was excited to be re-elected. “I want to thank the people supported me over the last seven-plus years,” he said following the election. “I plan on continuing to work and listen to the residents and represent them in the manner they need to be represented. I do appreciate citizens’ input. Everything is taken into consideration and I try to explore all avenues and all options so everyone is served.
“The number one goal is to continue fiscal responsibility,” Day noted. “Also, moving the county forward by providing the resources that are necessary for all the offices that we’re are responsible for to do their jobs and do it efficiently. We’ve accomplished a lot in the last several years. We’ve brought millions of dollars back to the county over the years. That’s a huge shot in the arm for not only the communities, but for the quality of life. We’ve got a lot of things here in the county to promote.”
Day continued, “I’m very humbled that I’ve been given the nod to serve again. I take that very seriously. I think to do that you have to be a good listener and listen to the public and try to communicate with the public. But I think the key is being a good steward, not only the financial side, but whatever we can do to support the community.”
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