By Wayne Allen
The voters of Scioto County have spoken. Don Rachford is the Democratic nominee and Bryan Davis is the Republican nominee for Scioto County Commission, both heading into the November General Election.
“We’ve worked hard and I’ve had a wonderful team behind me,” Davis said.
When asked about his strategy moving forward, Davis said, ”We have a lot of work to do and I’m not going to be satisfied until we see those jobs being created, we see our substance abuse going down because people are going to feel better about them selves and they are working and making positive choices.”
Davis said he wants to look at the county’s health indicators and fiscal house.
“I want to work with the current commissioners to make sure we keep our fiscal house in order. That has been made clear to me by Scioto County as I walked door to door and sat in living rooms, we need jobs and we need to make sure our fiscal house stays in order;” Davis said.
Davis also expressed gratitude to the voters of the county, “I’m amazed. This is my first election, so I had no idea what was going to happen. I can’t say how humbled I am, I’m just beyond humbled.”
In the end, Davis received 1,867 votes. The other republican candidates also running with Davis include Sean Boldman who received 774 votes, Kent Madden who received 734, Will Mault who received 355, and Mike Payton who received 543 votes.
Rachford said his focus will now turn to the general election.
“I appreciate the people that came out to vote. The work really starts now, we are going to go out and represent ourselves to the people of the county. That’s going to be my first goal,” Rachford said. “The message moving forward is, Donny Rachford is going to be a full-time county commissioner, I’m not a part-time person. I think when you are elected to an office to represent the people you should be there the whole time.”
Rachford also expressed gratitude to the voters of the county, “thank you, I appreciate it and I will be there for them.”
In the end, Rachford received 1,606 votes. The other democratic candidates also running with Rachford include David Malone who received 615 votes, and Gary Rae Mullins who received 563 votes.
Davis and Rachford will face each other in the November General Election, which will determine who will replace longtime commissioner Skip Riffe.
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT.