Early returns show tight race for judge, levy issue

STEUBENVILLE — With 68 precincts in and absentee ballots counted, the race for Jefferson County Court of Common Pleas judge remains tight, and the Edison Local School levy request is meeting voter approval.

There are 71 precincts throughout Jefferson County voting on the judge’s race.

For the Democrat ticket in the judge’s race, the early returns show Michelle G. Miller has 3,992 votes for 48.07 percent of the votes cast thus far, Craig Allen has 3,729 votes for 44.91 percent and Lydia E. Spragin has garnered 583 votes for 7.02 percent of the total votes cast in the early returns. There is no Republican candidate.

As for the Edison Local levy, 2,488 votes have been cast for the measure in Jefferson County and 2,251 against in complete but unofficial election-night returns in the county.

The levy proposal is asking voters for an additional 5.9 mills for current expenses and would raise an estimated $1.96 million annually for the district. It was barely turned down by district voters on Nov. 5.

The district encompasses more than 1,900 students and pupils from Hammondsville, Richmond, Knoxville, Irondale, Pleasant Hill, Amsterdam, Bergholz, Empire, Stratton and other areas in the northern edge of Jefferson County. The levy would fund district operations, including buses, building maintenance, food services, salaries, wages, benefits of employees and utilities.

More updates will follow …