Warren County commissioner holds commanding lead in reelection bid

Warren County Commissioner Dave Young was absent from Tuesday’s meeting.
Warren County Commissioner Dave Young was absent from Tuesday’s meeting.

Four-term Warren County Commissioner Dave Young held 70 percent of the votes with all precincts reporting Tuesday night in his reelection race with Democrat Bob Stein.

Young, 53, of Mason, was leading Stein with more than 70.1% of the votes counted on election night, according to the Warren County Board of Elections.

“I’ve got the most votes so far in a contested election,” Young said, pointing to county results showing other Democrats getting more votes in their races than Stein, the only Democrat running for countywide office in Warren County.

“It’s kind of an honor,” Young continued, adding he was humbled to be winning a fifth term. “The results speak for themselves.”

These results are expected to change as more ballots are counted through Nov. 18. We will continue to update these results as more ballots are counted.

After considering retiring to Florida, Young, a business owner and wealth manager, is building a new home in Deerfield Twp., the fast-developing unincorporated area outside Mason.

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Stein, 84, of Pleasant Plain was the only Warren County Democrat challenging the Republican incumbents running for reelection for countywide seats on Nov. 3.

Unopposed, as they were in the GOP primary, were Commissioner Shannon Jones, Coroner Russell Uptegrove, Engineer Neil Tunison, Prosecutor David Fornshell, Recorder Linda Oda, Sheriff Larry Sims, Treasurer Barney Wright and judges Robert Peeler and Joe Kirby. Republican Clerk of Courts Jim Spaeth, the only countywide officeholder who faced a primary challenge, was also unopposed in the presidential election.

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The office will pay $95,202 a year with annual cost-of-living increases.

Stein, a retired General Electric engineer, said he was running for office for the first time to give voters an alternative to another four years of GOP domination of the county’s highest office.

Stein could not be reached on election night.

According to the Warren County Board of Elections, about 92,000 or 55% of Warren County voters cast their ballots before election day.

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