By BRET BEVENS
Southern Ohio Today
CHILLICOTHE – The Ross County Board of Commissioners will see a new face after the first of the year. James “Oodie” Lowe unseated two-term commissioner Steven Neal by grabbing 19,090 votes. compared to Neal’s 12,472.
In the other commissioners race, Dwight Garrett held off a challenge from former Chillicothe City Councilwoman Beth Janes Neal. Garrett earned 21, 589 votes, good for 68.36 percent of the vote. Neal finished with 9,991 votes.
The only other contested race at the county level was the Treasurer race. Republican David Jeffers was able to defeat Steven Neal, Jr. by more than 7,000 votes, 19,297 to 12,195.
In the race for the presidency, President Trump won the state of Ohio and in Ross County he defeated Democratic challenger Joe Biden by more than a two to one margin.
There were many ballot issues and levies on the ballot in Ross County.
In Concord Township a tax levy passed 72.61 percent to 27.39 percent. The income tax issue for the Zane Trace Local School District failed by the slimmest of margins, falling short by 13 votes.
The Rural Scioto Fire District Levy passed with 71.3 percent of the vote. The Ross County Tax Levy passed by a two to one margin.
There were also four local liquor Options on the ballot. The options for Huntington West and Franklin South to sell liquor on weekdays and Sunday all passed.
In U.S. House races, incumbents Brad Wenstrup (2nd), Bill Johnson (6th) and Steve Stivers (15th) all won reelection.
In Ohio House races, Brian Baldridge was victorious in the 90th District, as was Shane Wilkin (91st), Mark Johnson (92nd) and Jason Stephens (93rd).