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From the Circleville Herald:
Stewart beats Fountain for Republican commissioner nomination
REGGIE ALLISON, STAFF REPORTER | Posted: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 2:30 am
CIRCLEVILLE – With unofficial results in from the Pickaway County Board of Elections, Brian Stewart of Ashville won the Republican nomination for the county commissioner’s seat with term commencing Jan. 3, 2013, over Jayme Hartley Fountain of Circleville.
Stewart will now face Dan Bradhurst, the Democratic nominee, and Mark Perrill, an Independent candidate, in the general election this November.
Stewart earned 59.2 percent (3,803 votes) versus Fountain’s 40.8 percent (2,621 votes).
“First I’d just say ‘thank you’ to Jayme Fountain,” said Stewart, following the announcement of his nomination victory. “I think we both ran very positive campaigns, and the voters appreciated that, the party appreciates it; it sets a god example of what a contested primary can look like. I’ve enjoyed getting to know her at the events we’ve been at together.”
Stewart said winning the nomination feels good, especially after he and his supporters knocked on the doors of around 3,300 people around the county in less than two months. He said there was no way he could have done it alone, having the support of friends both old and new who helped him along with his campaign.
“It’s interesting; there’s an awful lot of diverse things that fall into the commissioners’ responsibilities, from the dog shelter to radio frequencies to many things in between, but we’ve stayed focused on the two things that I think are most important right now: managing the peoples’ money and actively supporting the businesses we have in Pickaway County.”