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Greene County election pulls 15.6% of voters

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Preliminary results show that 29,936 people, or 15.6 percent, of the 191,924 registered Greene County voters went to the polls for the April 5 municipal election.

Ordinances proposing bans on indoor smoking at Springfield businesses and alcohol in family theaters passed, and votes affecting Springfield City Council and Springfield Public Schools also were collected.

For the family theater alcohol ban, titled "City of Springfield Question 1" on the ballot, there were 10,831 yes votes, or 51.7 percent, and 10,115 no votes, or 48.3 percent.

For the indoor smoking ban, titled "City of Springfield Question 2," there were 11,201 yes votes, or 53.4 percent, and 9,795 no votes, or 46.6 percent.

For the Springfield City Council seats:
  • Doug Burlison was re-elected to General Council Seat C with 11,146, or 62.4 percent, of the votes, defeating Christopher Donegan, who had 6,728 votes, or 37.6 percent;
  • Thomas Bieker was elected to General Council Seat D with 9,490, or 54.3 percent, of the votes, defeating Fred Ellison, who took in 7,976 votes, or 45.7 percent;
  • Cindy Rushefsky retained the Council Member Zone 2 seat with 2,471, or 51.9 percent of the votes, defeating challenger Jan Fisk, who had 2,286 votes, or 48.1 percent; and
  • Jerry Compton was re-elected to his Council Member Zone 3 seat with 2,395, or 68.3 percent, of the votes, defeating Stephen Pennington, who had 1,111 votes, or 31.7 percent.
Jim O'Neal, who ran unopposed, was re-elected as mayor with 16,440 votes.

For the vote on the Springfield Public Schools Board of Education, Thomas Prater, 12,696 votes, and Mark Heffington, 7,768 votes, were elected.

The preliminary election results are not final until being certified by the county clerk.
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