Jerry Miller (Republican) won the commissioner seat in Pike County, defeating incumbent Fred Foster (Democrat) and independent candidate Dennis Foreman. Miller secured 4,886 votes in the election, Foster 3,247, and Dennis Foreman 627.
“I feel great about (winning),” Miller said. “It was a huge responsibility. The voters of the county placed their trust in me and that’s something I feel honored to have. It’s a big job and I’m anxious to get started.”
Miller said he has a number of goals for his new role as commissioner.
“I think my goals are to get the budget in line, to see what opportunities there are for business,” Miller said. “I’d like to see the departments within the government center be able to function effectively for the citizens and hopefully ease a little bit of the acrimony that has been in the government center for the last few months, since the primary basically.”
“For the first couple of months, I’d say my goals are to understand the lay of the land and see what can be done and where I can add value,” Miller said.
Miller said that Pike County needs to be prepared for when opportunity, such as businesses wishing to locate here, presents itself.
“Right now I’m just grateful for the opportunity to represent Pike County, and I’m going to do my level best to do that. I think that improvements are made, deals are done between people, not institutions. I think it’s important for commissioners to be transparent and to be available and work effectively with all the other departments,” Miller said.
Foreman, who serves on Piketon Village Council, was on hand to congratulate Miller on his win, and Foreman indicated that he is grateful to those who voted for him and that he will continue to stand up for the people of Pike County.
“It’s well known that my main issue is no nuclear dump,” Foreman said, indicating that he will continue to fight onsite waste disposal at the Piketon atomic plant.
Fred Foster, current Pike County commissioner, could not be reached for comment.
Kayla Slusher (Republican) won the race for Pike County Auditor with 4,820 votes, defeating Democrat Terry Dixon who received 3,820 votes from Pike County voters.
“It is truly an honor (to win the election),” Slusher said. “I feel very grateful for the citizens giving me this opportunity to serve as their public servant.
Slusher said she felt optimistic about winning the auditor’s race throughout the entire campaign.
“I started campaigning in early February and I never let up,” Slusher said. “Throughout the summer, I continued to campaign and then hit it really hard this fall. I think hitting close to 5,000 doors really helped me meet a lot of people and reach out to as many voters as I could.”
Receiving positive feedback made her feel optimistic about the race for auditor, Slusher said.
Slusher said her goal is to build working relationships.
“I want to bring positivity back and have a family working relationship with other offices in the government building. I want to be here to help the people and do what is right.”
“I want to thank everyone for allowing this to happen,” Slusher said. “I want to thank my family and my friends. I want to thank all of the people who supported me. I’m grateful for everything. I won’t let them down.”
Dixon could not be reached for comment.
In another local race, Pike County Court Judge Paul Price ran unopposed and received 6,403 votes.
Local levies and local option petitions include the following:
• Beaver Union Cemetery replacement levy (one mill, five years) passed 434 to 239.
• Jackson Township Fire District 2 renewal levy (three mills, five years) passed 118 to 70.
• Seal Township, Piketon Village cemetery replacement levy (1.8 mills, five years) passed 583 to 462.
• Pike County Board of Developmental Disabilities renewal levy (one mill, five years) passed 5,288 to 3,359.
• Beaver Village Fire EMS replacement levy (one mill, five years) passed 98 to 24
• Village of Waverly street maintenance renewal levy (1.5 mills, five years) passed 1,047 to 447.
• Beaver Township fire protection renewal levy (.5 mill, five years) passed 295 to 118.
• Camp Creek Township cemetery renewal levy (1.5 mills, five years) passed 175 to 107.
• Jackson Township cemetery renewal levy (1.9 mills, five years) passed 237 to 152.
• Perry Township fire protection renewal levy (1 mill, five years) passed 111 to 58.
• Perry Township cemeteries renewal levy (2 mills, five years) passed 97 to 71.
• Sunfish Township cemeteries renewal levy (1 mill, five years) passed 255 to 123.
• Union Township cemeteries renewal levy (.5 mill, five years) passed 277 to 142.
• Super Quick Inc, LO (Sunday Sales) passed 112 to 74.
• Plaza 23, LO (Sunday Sales) passed 401 to 254.
• Latham 1st Stop 50, LO (Sunday Sales) failed 183 to 128.
• Zahns 1st Stop , LO (Sunday Sales) passed 231 to 169.
All election results are unofficial at this time.