Judge Patrick T. Murphy

Patrick Murphy was elected Tuesday as the Crawford County probate/juvenile court judge.

BUCYRUS -- Crawford County voters on Tuesday chose to retain Patrick Murphy as probate/juvenile court judge.

Murphy, a Republican from Tiro was appointed to the bench by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine after the death of longtime judge, Democrat Steven Eckstein, in March.

Murphy received 55 percent of the vote, besting Democrat Debra Garverick of Galion, according to final, unofficial totals from the Crawford County Board of Elections.

Murphy received 10,250 votes, compared to 8,391 as 72 percent of the county's 28,213 registered voters participated in the election.

Murphy, who had a longtime private legal practice in Bucyrus, assumed office June 8. He earned his bachelor's degree from The Ohio State University and his law degree from the University of Toledo.

County voters helped to elect Republican Bill Reineke, a Tiffin resident, to the 26th Ohio District Senate seat. The district covers Sandusky, Seneca, Wyandot, Crawford, Morrow, Marion, and Union counties.

Reineke received 71 percent of the votes in the district, easily defeating Democrat Craig Swartz from Upper Sandusky. Reineke received 112,325 votes, compared to 46,177 for his opponent.

Crawford County voters also helped re-relect Republican Riordan McClain in the 87th Ohio House District, besting Democratic challenge Nicholas Barnes. Both are fromĀ  from Upper Sandusky.

The district includes Wyandot, Crawford, and Morrow counties, as well as portions of Marion and Seneca counties.

Riordan captured 76 percent of the vote, 40,530 to 12,735.

Among issues decided Tuesday, Crawford County voters:

-- approved the renewal a five-year, 7.73-mill property tax level for operating expenses for Galion City Schools, 3,497-2,068.

-- approvedĀ the renewal of a five-year, 5-mill property tax level for operating expenses for the Village of Chatfield, 45-19.

-- approved the renewal of a five-year, 3-mill property tax levy for fire department/EMS services in Auburn Township, 286-95.

-- approved the renewal of a five-year, 1-mill property tax levy for operating expenses in Bucyrus Township, 316-205.

-- approved an additional two-year, 1.75-mill property tax levy for fire protection/EMS services in Holmes Township, 462-246.

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