Marshall winner in race for county auditor’s post

STEUBENVILLE – Patrick Marshall said he was surprised at his narrow margin of victory in his re-election campaign for county auditor in Tuesday’s primary election.

Marshall, who has served as county auditor for more than 18 years, defeated political newcomer Scott Renforth in the Democratic primary by a vote of 4,376-4,079.

Marshall will be unopposed in the general election.

“I was surprised the results were that close. A win is a win. We have good government in the county, and I still want to be a part of it. We are heading in the right direction,” he said.

Marshall said the results must show there are voters out there who don’t approve of his work.

“It says people are not happy with the way we are doing things. If they were happy, it would have been by a bigger margin. We (staff) will sit down and talk about it,” he said.

Marshall, 77, of 500 Buena Vista Blvd. said his job as auditor is to make sure the commissioners have the money in the budget for county operations.

“I’m not the policymaker,” he said.

Marshall said the auditor’s department budget in 2014 is still $100,000 less than the 1995 budget.

He also worked to upgrade Jefferson County’s bond rating from junk investment grade and resold bonds several times saving the taxpayers millions of dollars. The data processing section of his department wrote a financial computer program for the budget, developed a computer network for county departments and a county website. The office also developed its own GIS program and computerized real estate system.

Marshall said he represents all county residents.

“I’m there for the Democrats, Republicans and independents. I’m there for everybody,” he said.

(Law can be contacted at mlaw@heraldstaronline.com.)