Commissioners appear to hang on

By Chris Slone - [email protected]

The two commissioners races Tuesday night appeared to be held by both incumbent candidates. As of press time, 43 percent of the precincts had reported results.

Cathy Coleman, who was seeking her first election after being nominated by the Scioto County Republican Party, was leading 64 to 35 percent over challenger David Malone.

Mike Crabtree appeared to fend off a challenge from Kevin W. Johnson, leading 63 to 36 percent.

Prior to election night, Coleman was commissioner for roughly eight weeks, with nearly every moment of that spent developing a campaign strategy.

In a Daily Times article published Oct. 29, Coleman said she has learned a lot since being appointed a Scioto County Commissioner and is continuing to learn more and more each day.

“There’s a lot to catch up on, I feel like I’m going back four years and trying to catch up on all of that, so I can be up to date. I’ve had a lot of homework and trying to run a campaign,” Coleman said.

While trying to gain the most knowledge about current issues facing the office of commissioner, Coleman and her family have been going door-to-door throughout the county asking for support.

Coleman said the support she’s received has been overwhelming.

She said one of the most commonly said phrases said to her, since taking office is, ‘no one can fill Doug’s (Coleman) shoes.’

“I can’t fill his shoes and I would not dream of it. He had a special way of handling this kind of thing, he knew everyone,” Coleman said. “Everything has been in God’s hands and I’m continually reminded of that.”

In a Daily Times article published Oct. 14, Crabtree touted his record of going from a deficit to a carryover was not done easily. The county was able to save considerable money my switching insurance providers for county employees, providing the same coverage.

“In the first year, we save $650,000 when compared to the previous year and we were facing a double-digit increase (with the other provider),” Crabtree said.

Other examples used included purchasing the courthouse annex. The purchase allowed the county to save money, by not having to pay rent on office space.

“We’ve been able to pay off bond issues, we refinanced the Shelton Industries Bond and saved $1.1 million over the life of the bond,” Crabtree said.

By Chris Slone

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Reach Chris Slone at 740-353-3101, ext 1930, or on Twitter @crslone.

Reach Chris Slone at 740-353-3101, ext 1930, or on Twitter @crslone.