Votes close for Jefferson Twp. trustees

By Anna Bolton -

JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP — A challenger knocked out an incumbent in the Nov. 7 race for Jefferson Township Board of Trustees.

Mark Klingler, incumbent, led the race with 137 votes or 32.16 percent of the votes, according to unofficial results.

But following close behind to claim the second open spot was challenger Steve Brown of Sabina, earning 124 votes or 29.11 percent. He ousted incumbent Richard Zehring by just eight votes.

Klingler, a Jamestown resident, is a current trustee whose term is expiring in December. He’s been a trustee for 28 years. He is also the branch manager at Security National Bank.

“The most important issue facing Jefferson Township is in the maintenance and improvement of the roadways. Obtaining additional funding for this issue will be a priority,” Klingler wrote in this newspaper’s candidate questionnaire.

Zehring received 116 votes or 27.23 percent. Challenger Jessica Simmons earned 49 votes or 11.5 percent.

By Anna Bolton

Contact Anna Bolton at 937-502-4498.

Contact Anna Bolton at 937-502-4498.