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Garrison Wins Sixth District Dem Nomination; Dennis Gets GOP Ohio House Nod
Posted on: 05/06/2014
By  Mike Cullums
Tuesday’s Washington County primary election brought only 16 percent of registered voters to the polls.
The Democratic party had one contest; the Republican party had two. 
In the Democratic race for the Sixth Congressional District, Jennifer Garrison of Marietta defeated Gregory Howard of Albany by a huge 85-15 percent margin here in Washington County. She easily won every county in the district and will now face incumbent Republican Bill Johnson.
Republicans chose Warren Township’s Yolan Dennis over Pomeroy’s Daniel Lantz by a 78-22 percent margin within the county, and Dennis won the district by about a thousand votes. Lantz won Meigs and Vinton counties; Dennis won Athens County by nine votes. So her margin of victory came from Washington County. She now faces Democratic incumbent Debbie Phillips.
And Republicans chose from between two Coal Run residents to run for the Commissioners' seat being vacated by Tim Irvine.

Rick Walters defeated Jeremy Barton by a lopsided 65-35 percent margin. Walters thus becomes the definite front-runner, since no Democrat has filed for Commissioner. He could still be challenged by an Independent or write-in candidate.

Ballot issues: 

State Issue 1, to reauthorize a ten-year bond issue for infrastructure projects, passed in Washington County 60-40 percent. It passed statewide, as well. 
The Warren Local School District 5.54 mill levy was renewed by a 64-36 percent margin. The Belpre City School District 3.65 mill levy was also renewed by a 71-29 percent margin. Both renewals are for ten years.
Two liquor options allowing for liquor sales, including on Sundays, at Mama Napoli's Restaurant in Belpre both passed.
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