BARBERTON: A loaded ticket for the Barberton clerk of courts race featured two high-profile Democratic contenders, with state Rep. Zack Milkovich moving on to the general election in November.
He will face incumbent Diana Stevenson, who knocked off Republican challenger Larry Ashbaugh in Tuesday’s primary.
Stevenson, appointed Barberton Clerk of Courts in January 2012, took 81 percent of the vote, beating out Ashbaugh, a retired Army intelligence officer from New Franklin. She now turns her attention to Milkovich in her re-election bid.
“My legal and court clerk experience far exceed the experience of my opponent,” Stevenson said, leaning on 20 years of legal experience, mostly in the courts, with two years as clerk. “During this time, I have increased collections and have been working to use technology to provide improved customer service to citizens who use the court. I’m confident that the voters will recognize the difference in our experience and vote accordingly on Nov. 5.”
Milkovich, of Akron, is serving a second term in the Ohio House. He outperformed fellow Democrat Jon Poda by a nearly 2-1 margin at the polls, according to unofficial results from the Summit County Board of Elections.
Poda had resigned from Summit County Council in 2011, four months into his second term, to become deputy fiscal officer of weights and measures with the county Fiscal Office.
Milkovich thanked the voters and his opponent.
“I’m very, very humbled. Mr. Poda ran a great race. And we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us,” Milkovich said, looking toward the November general election.
The Barberton Municipal Court district covers communities in Barberton, Green, Norton, New Franklin, the village of Clinton, and Copley and Coventry townships.
Board of Elections officials said turnout was very low and voting occurred without incident across several Summit County communities — with the exception of a two fallen poll workers.
Joe Masich, director of the board of elections, said a poll worker at Mason Elementary in Akron and another at Arlington Church of God in Akron, were taken by ambulance to nearby hospitals after accidental falls.
“A number of our booth workers are up in age,” Masich said. “They get hurt when they fall, as do I.”
One worker attempted to return to work, but Masich said she was asked to retire for the day.
“They are dedicated public servants,” he said.
With the exception of a 10-minute delay at a church in Coventry Township, polls opened on time at 6:30 a.m. They closed at 7:30 p.m.
Doug Livingston can be reached at 330-996-3792 or email@example.com.