ELECTION: Republicans sweep county council

In January, the Brown County Council will welcome back one incumbent and two former members.

David Critser
David Critser
Glenda Stogsdill
Glenda Stogsdill
John Price
John Price

Republicans swept the three open at-large seats.

Current council member David Critser took the most votes with 4,615. He was followed closely by Glenda Stogsdill with 4,491 votes and John Price with 3,819 votes.

Stogsdill served eight years on the council, four years as county auditor and a term as county recorder.

Price served a previous four-year term on the council.

The two Democrat candidates, Cindy Steele and Dave Harden, finished one vote apart from each other but several hundred votes shy of a seat.

Price told voters in a pre-election questionnaire that the greatest purpose of county money is to maintain services and support in the best interests of taxpayers.

He said that ultimately, money will have to be borrowed to deal with Americans with Disabilities Act compliance at the historic county courthouse, and that the more that work is put off, the more it will cost.

Stogsdill said she doesn’t want the county to take on debt for anything else before it pays off the debts it has.

Critser said that the county currently is taking out loans for improving roads and he anticipates that will continue.

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Ben Kibbey is a Brown County transplant from the cornfields of central Ohio. He covers county government, business, outdoors, sports and general news.