With 100 percent of the vote counted late Tuesday night, incumbent Republican Scioto County Prosecutor Shane Tieman defeated Democratic challenger Rachel Daehler 14,528 votes, or 62.8 percent to 8,591 ballots, or 37.1 percent.
“I’m pleased with the support I’ve gotten from everyone throughout the county,” Tieman, 45, said following the election. “I’m proud of the campaign we ran.”
Tieman said he experienced a “roller coaster ride of emotions” in the course of the campaign. “It’s a humbling experience running for office.”
Making her first try for elected office, Daehler could not be reached for comment late Tuesday night.
Tieman will finish out the unexpired term of former county Prosecutor Mark Kuhn who was named to the Scioto County Court of Common Pleas in July. Tieman said he will need to run for his first full term in November 2020.
“I’ll be ready when the time comes,” Tieman said. “For now, I’m going to savor this one. And I’m looking forward to serving the people of Scioto County.”
Tieman ran mostly on his experience with the prosecutor’s office which stretches back in one way or another to 1999.
“This is first and foremost a law enforcement position,” Tieman said during the campaign. He added the office deals with felonies, along with juvenile offenders and serves as legal advisor to all branches of Scioto County government and related officials. Tieman contended he was the only candidate with experience in all those areas.
“I have 20 years’ experience, over half of it in law enforcement… I’ve handled thousands of cases from beginning to end.” Tieman adds he has lost track of the number of jury trials he has handled over the years.
For her part, Daehler ran as an outsider, touting change.
“The overall feeling in the community is, they can’t trust their government officials,” said Daehler, 30, who admitted she was a young candidate and seemed proud of that fact. “I’m not your typical candidate and I think that’s a good thing.”
Daehler talked about how she moved away from her native Portsmouth but also how she and her husband decided they wanted to move back. “We wanted to come back and give back as much as possible.” She adds she realized she had always wanted to run for office. Husband Jay Daehler is the treasurer for the community group Friends of Portsmouth.