MEIGS COUNTY — Four of the five contested races in Meigs County have been decided, but one race remains too close to call, with 253 provisional ballots remaining to be counted.
The race between current Meigs County Prosecutor Colleen Williams, Republican, and Independent candidate Pat Story is separated by just 115 votes. Williams holds 4,750 to 4,635.
The provisional ballots will be included in the official vote count which will be held on Nov. 19.
In a race separated by less than 750 votes, Republican candidate Randy Smith defeated Democratic candidate Randy Hart, Jr. for the Meigs County Commissioner term beginning Jan. 2, 2013. Smith received 5,125 votes to 4,397 for Hart. The seat is currently held by Tom Anderson who was defeated by Smith in the primary election.
Treasurer Peggy Yost and Clerk of Courts Diane Lynch will both retain their respective positions.
Yost collected nearly 70 percent of the vote with 6,655 votes, while challenger Tina Cotterill received 2,860 votes.
Lynch defeated independent candidates Samantha Sisson Mugrage, Lori Redman Hatfield and Penny Hysell in the four-way race for Clerk of Courts. Lynch received 44 percent (4,131) of the vote, while Mugrage received nearly 29 percent (2,694). Hysell received nearly 15 percent (1,362) and Hatfield 12 percent (1,127).
Keith Wood defeated Incumbent Sheriff Robert Beegle by more than 3,900 votes in the race for Meigs County Sheriff. Wood received 6,868 votes (69.9 percent), while Beegle received 2,958 (30.1 percent)
Running unopposed were Carson Crow (7,257 votes), common pleas judge; Steven Story (6,905), county court judge; Michael Bartrum (6,586), commissioner; Kay Hill (7,185), recorder; Eugene Triplett (7,190), engineer; Douglas Hunter (7,762), coroner.
The final results will become official on Nov. 19 when the official count is completed.
Unofficial Meigs County Election Results
Commissioner (term beginning Jan. 2, 2013): Randy W. Hart Jr. (D), 4,397; Randy Smith (R), 5,125.
Commissioner (term beginning Jan. 3, 2013): Michael Bartrum (I), 6,586.
Sheriff: Robert E. Beegle (R), 2,958; Keith Wood (I), 6,868.
Clerk of Courts: Lori Hatfield (I), 1,127; Penny Hysell (I), 1,362; Diane Lynch (R), 4,131; Samantha Sisson Mugrage (I), 2,694.
Prosecutor: Patrick Story (I), 4,635; Colleen S. Williams (R), 4,750.
Treasurer: Tina Cotterill (I), 2,860; Peggy S. Yost (R), 6,655.
Common Pleas Judge: I. Carson Crow (R), 7,257.
Coroner: Douglas D. Hunter (R), 7,762.
Country Court Judge: Steven L. Story (NP), 6,905.
Engineer: Eugene Triplett (R), 7,190.
Recorder: Kay Hill (R), 7,185.
**Results are unofficial. There are 253 provisional ballots to be counted on Nov. 19.**