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3/16/16 – 4:54 A.M.

A 3-mill, five-year replacement levy for operating expenses was approved by Van Buren voters Tuesday. 88 people voted for the measure while 39 voted against it. The levy will bring in around $16,500 a year for the village.

A person with a home appraised at $100,000 will pay around $105 a year as a result of the renewal being passed.

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3/16/16 – 4:48 A.M.

Voter turnout was high in Hancock County for Tuesday’s primary election. The board of elections reports 47 percent of the county’s more than 49,000 registered voters cast a ballot. While that’s higher than most non-presidential election year primary turnouts, it is below the numbers from the last two presidential primaries.

In 2012 64 percent of registered voters cast a ballot. In 2008, that number was closer to 67 percent.

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3/16/16 – 4:42 A.M.

The high profile candidates in Ohio’s senate races easily advanced to the general election in Tuesday’s primary. Ted Strickland took 65 percent of the state’s Democratic vote in his race against Cincinnati city councilman P.G. Sittenfeld and Kelli Prather.

Incumbent Rob Portman took 82 percent of Republican votes in his reelection bid against Don Eckhart.

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3/15/16 – 10:54 A.M.

Republicans in Putnam County overwhelmingly threw their support behind Brian Siefker in his bid to be the sheriff. In the primary race, Siefker took 81 percent of the votes cast in his race against Nick Gilenbach.

Siefker, who is a captain in the sheriff’s office, will now face Leipsic Police Chief Dennis Cupp in November. Cupp is running as an independent.

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3/15/16 – 10:41 A.M.

One incumbent Putnam County Commissioner held on to his seat, while the other did not. Incumbent Vince Schroeder topped challenger Carl Gerten by taking 58 percent of the vote.

In the other commissioners race, Michael Lammers bested incumbent Travis Jerwers by taking 55 percent of the ballots cast.

Lammers will now face Tony Wobler in the November general election. No one is contesting Schroeder in November.

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3/15/16 – 10:29 P.M.

Hancock County Commissioner Brian Robertson had no issues keeping his seat, taking 63 percent of the ballots cast in his reelection bid against challenger John Harrington. Robertson spoke to us after the votes were counted…

Audio: Brian Robertson

Robertson added he felt Harrington’s aggressive campaign ended up working against him…

Audio: Brian Robertson

Robertson says he looks forward to tackling challenges with infrastructure in his next term.

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