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The Suburbanite
  • Township voters elect mix of new, incumbents

  • When unofficial final results were posted from the Stark County Board of Elections late Tuesday, new trustees were elected in Tuscarawas, Bethlehem and Sugar Creek townships.
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  • Voters in Tuscarawas, Bethlehem and Sugar Creek townships went to the polls to make decisions in trustee races on Tuesday.
    As early results filtered in slowly from the Stark County Board of Elections website, the numbers showed a mixture of incumbents and challengers faring well. When unofficial final results were posted shortly after 11 p.m., new trustees were in place in two of the three townships.
    Challenger Blake Brenner racked up 661 votes to win one of two trustee seats in Tuscarawas Township. Incumbent Jerry Hollinger, in third place earlier in the evening, rallied to secure re-election. Hollinger's 535 votes were just ahead of Terrence Hemperly's 516.
    Brenner, who has run for a trustee seat twice before, joined his grandfather and great-grandfather as Tuscarawas Township trustees. He felt his previous experience definitely benefited him this election season.
    "I hit about 1,100 houses door-to-door and had a lot of good responses," Brenner said. "I've ran twice before and finished in the middle the last time.
    "You get your name out there and it certainly helps. You get your feet wet. The community has changed a lot since my grandfather and great-grandfather were trustees."
    Brenner said he wants to make sure all three of the township's road workers are employed full-time.
    "I ran on keeping our three road workers working full time instead of laying off two of them like we've done," he said. "They do all the work in the township and they keep the township running. We need a better rapport with them."
    In Bethlehem Township, incumbents David Regula and Ronald Wendling faced challenges from Jim Urbach and Dennis Wheeler for two trustee spots.
    Wendling won one of the spots with 826 votes, while Urbach (766 votes) rallied to unseat Regula (618). Wheeler collected 421 votes.
    In Sugar Creek Township, incumbents Pat Bucher and Robert Wentling both won re-election easily after facing a challenge from William H. Kegley II for two trustee spots.
    The unofficial results showed Wentling and Bucher finishing with 960 and 841 votes, respectively. Kegley had 618 votes.