LISBON - The county will have one new commissioner and a new state representative in January.
Republican Tim Weigle, who currently serves as Unity Township trustee, ousted Democratic incumbent John Payne and beat out Independent John Wargo with 48 percent of the vote.
The three-way race was split mostly between Payne and Weigle who shared most of the votes, and Wargo, a former Democrat, finished with 14 percent, according to complete but unofficial results Tuesday night.
Payne has served as commissioner since January, when he replaced Penny Traina who stepped down to take a job in the private sector. Wargo, a former commissioner and state representative, was a registered Democrat until this year, and the party change may have influenced his results at the polls.
Weigle's public service dates back 22 years, when he was first elected township trustee, and he is a current member of the county Port Authority.
He has said he wants to bring a "business mind set" to the board of commissioners, ensure the shale gas boom is managed in a way to protect the public's health and safety, and work with the county sheriff to combat the county's drug problem.
President and Vice President
Stewart Alexander (Soc)26
Virgil Goode (Con)82
Gary Johnson (Lib)416
Barack Obama (Dem)19,351
Mitt Romney (Rep)24,778
Jill Stein (GRE)210
United States Senator
Sherrod Brown (Dem)19,929
Josh Mandel (Rep)21,481
Scott A. Rupert3,120
Representative to Congress (6th District)
Bill Johnson (Rep)23,468
Charlie Wilson (Dem)20,635
State Representative (5th District)
Nick Barborak (Dem)22,064
Craig E. Newbold (Rep)21,681
County Commissioner (1-2-13)
John H. Payne (Dem)16,594
John P. Wargo6,051
Tim Weigle (Rep)20,729
County Commissioner (1-3-13)
Joe Csonka (Dem)19,862
Jim Hoppel (Rep)23,867
Robert L. Herron (Dem)32,745
Clerk of Court of Common Pleas
Anthony Dattilio (Dem)32,699
John M. Soldano (Dem)19,709
Raymond L. Stone (Rep)24,193
Theresa Bosel (Rep)21,355
Brenda Myers (Dem)20,871
Linda S. Bolon (Dem)24,651
Eldena J. Gearhart (Rep)19,111
Bert Dawson (Rep)34,702
William Graham (Rep)34,492
Justice Supreme Court (1-1-13)
Justice Supreme Court (1-2-13)
Robert R. Cupp16,578
William M. O'Neill18,790
Justice Supreme Court (Un Term 12-31-14)
Yvette McGee Brown10,055
Sharon L. Kennedy25,143
Judge Court of Appeals (2-9-13) 7th District
Mark Anthony Hanni16,446
Judge Court of Common Pleas (1-1-13)
C. Ashley Pike34,793
State Issue 1
State Issue 2
Columbiana City Ambulance (Ren) 2 mills
For the tax levy1,891
Against the tax levy990
East Liverpool City Road Levy (Add) 5 mills
For the tax levy1,559
Against the tax levy1,498
East Palestine Parks and Rec (Ren) 1 mill
For the tax levy1,266
Against the tax levy590
East Palestine Parks and Rec (Ren) 2 mills
For the tax levy1,143
Against the tax levy723
Lisbon Vill Cemetery (Ren) 3 mills
For the tax levy633
Against the tax levy421
Rogers Village Current Exp (Add) 2 mills
For the tax levy55
Against the tax levy48
Salineville Village Police (Add) 3 mills
For the tax levy189
Against the tax levy230
Wellsville Village Fire (Ren) 1.4 mills
For the tax levy771
Against the tax levy302
Wellsville Village Floodwall (Ren) 0.5 mill
For the tax levy818
Against the tax levy282
Center Township Fire (Add) 1.3 mills
For the tax levy607
Against the tax levy767
Fairfield Township Fire (Rep) 1.5 mills
For the tax levy1,088
Against the tax levy727
Hanover Township Fire (Ren) 1 mill
For the tax levy1,225
Against the tax levy474
Knox Township Homeworth FD (Rep) 1 mill
For the tax levy865
Against the tax levy291
Knox Township North Georgetown FD (Rep) 1 mill
For the tax levy631
Against the tax levy250
Liverpool Township Police (Rep & Inc) 3 mills
For the tax levy1,140
Against the tax levy710
Middleton Township Road Levy (Rep) 2 mills
For the tax levy795
Against the tax levy688
St. Clair Township Fire (Ren) 2.5 mills
For the tax levy2,481
Against the tax levy1,150
West Township Road Levy (Add) 3 mills
For the tax levy691
Against the tax levy673
Minerva LSD Emergency Requirements (Ren) 5.1 mills
For the tax levy595
Against the tax levy631
Sandy Creek Fire/EMS (Add) 4 mills
For the tax levy578
Against the tax levy781
Local Option Columbiana A Sunbreeze Tanning
Local Option Fairfield Ctr DP Fuel C-1
Local Option Fairfield Ctr DP Fuel D-6
Local Option Madison Township Rk Camp AL D-3
Local Option Madison Township Rk Camp AL D-6
Loc Opt St. Clair Township Glenmoor Mar M-Sa
Loc Opt St. Clair Township Glenmoor Mar Sun
Local Opt St. Clair South Walmart C-1
Local Opt St. Clair South Walmart C-2
While voters favored the Republican candidate in the commissioner race, they turned toward the Democrat for state representative, with Nick Barborak chosen to replace Craig Newbold.
Once final results were in, the incumbent from Columbiana seeking a second term was defeated by Barborak by a less than a 1 percent margin.
Barborak earned 50.4 percent, with Newbold earning 49.5 percent of the vote.
Barborak is currently county treasurer, a position he has held since 2007. He has said that as state representative he will focus on building the local infrastructure, which happens through improving the condition of county roads and making wireless Internet access available.
Although he and Newbold shared a passion for non-partisanship, they differed on the state's projected deficit (Newbold said it was at $8 billion while Barborak said it wasn't as high as that). The two also sparred on more than one occasion in public forums, and even exposed each other for paying late taxes.
Barborak has also said "the No. 1 issue is jobs and loss of jobs" and that he is in favor of granting tax credits to local businesses willing to create jobs. A stipulation would be that if no job creation occurs, the credits are given back.
Republicans were also favored in the second commissioner race and for county sheriff, with Jim Hoppel and Ray Stone retaining their positions.
Hoppel will begin his fifth consecutive term in January after earning 55 percent of the vote against Democrat Joe Csonka, who has not previously run for a county office. He has served as Center Township trustee since 2004.
Hoppel has said he would like to see at least two new deputies on the county sheriff roster, and that he would reinstate the county economic development director position, which was eliminated in the early 2000s as a cost-cutting move.
Stone has served as county sheriff a little more than four years and beat Democrat John Soldano, who has ran for the office four times.
Stone was chosen over Soldano by 55 percent of the vote. Some of his prior achievements include purchasing bullet proof vests for deputies with grant funding, replacing old handguns with new at no cost, and securing a $47,900 grant for new laptops and a service to run driver's licenses for warrant checks to be installed in the cars.
Linda Bolon will be returning to her former position as county treasurer, after winning over Republican Eldena Gearhart who is currently a Middleton Township trustee.
A Democrat, Bolon was treasurer from 2000 to 2006 before being elected state representative. After two terms she lost the representative position to Craig Newbold in 2010.
She previously said that she wanted to come back to the county because she believes Democrats will remain in the minority in the state legislature for the near future and she dislikes not being able to get things done.
Her past experience as treasurer resulted in the updating of the office computer system and streamlining other operations.
She earned 56 percent of the vote, while Gearhart took 44 percent.
A Democrat who beat incumbent Craig Brown in the March primary election, Brenda Dickey Myers will not be the county's next recorder.
Republican Theresa Bosel will take the position held by Brown since 2004. She won the election by earning 51 percent of the vote. It was her first run for county office, and Dickey Myers' second run. The Democrat ran for county commissioner in 2008 but was defeated.
Bosel has said she wants to bring more efficiency to the office and address the high amount of traffic there. She also wants to help foster a relationship with Chesapeake Energy to see the oil and gas boom benefits realized locally.
She has most recently worked as director of marketing and public relations at The Orchards of Foxcrest in Chester. She currently helps her husband operate a wood-cutting business.