Republicans in Washington County sweep their races

MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - Months of hard work and campaigning boiled down to a single day Tuesday.

There was no blue wave in Washington County as the Republican Party swept its races.

Kevin Ritter will be the next county commissioner, defeating Democrat Jim Raney, in his first run for office.

"You never know what to expect. It's nice to to be surrounded by friends, it's nice to have the support of so many people in the county," Ritter said. "Just a great night, really, really happy."

Also a first time candidate, local attorney John Triplett defeated Democrat Shoshanna Brooker to win the seat for common pleas judge.

"I bring the perspective of a 34-year trial lawyer. It's something I've been in front of trial judges my entire career," Triplett said. "So I think I can bring that perspective of somebody who's for lack of a better term been boots in the mud."

In the race for county auditor, chief deputy auditor and Republican Matthew Livengood beat out independent Leslie Pittenger. Livengood says it's been a honor serving with outgoing auditor Bill McFarland.

"Bill McFarland I think is we can all agree is an absolutely amazing, probably one of the best county auditor's in the state," Livengood said, "so those are going to be some huge shoes to fill. I'm up to the challenge."

And for Marietta voters, the proposal to raise the city income tax passed. Supporters are happy and say this will allow the fire department to replace aging equipment and allow for more street repair.

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