Rekeweg given solid vote of confidence in primary election

Authored by Jim Langham on May 7, 2014

Adams County Sheriff Shane Rekeweg, a Republican, won a solid victory over Republican opponent, Larry Butler, Jr., in Tuesday's primary election.
Rekeweg accumulated 2,087 votes compared to Butler's 935 votes. The incumbent sheriff captured 69 percent of the votes compared to 31 percent for Butler.
"I am very humbled that the voters of Adams County have this much confidence in me and what I'm about," said Rekeweg. "I plan to continue the things I initiated the first four years as their Republican candidate this fall.
"I plan to continue my four-star plan with emphasis on the public, budget, jail and staff," continued Rekeweg. "I plan to focus on a few improvements involving the budget and I plan to tweak a few things. I'm sure that the council and I will be working on different projects."
One of the most contested races was that of Republican County Commissioner for District Two. In the end, Rex Moore tallied 1,562 votes compared to 1,325 for Wes Kuntzman. Moore's vote represented 54 percent of the total vote, eight points better than Kuntzman's 46 percent.
Moore referred to the close race and thanked those who supported his campaign.
"When I was first exposed to public life, I served two terms as treasurer," said Moore. "I still have a little bit of taste from that in me. I am looking forward to serving people.
"It was a tough race; Wes did a lot of work, I commend him on his effort," continued Moore. "I know that the big project is going to be the judicial system and the jail. If this carries, I am going to have to be brought up to speed on this pretty quickly."
In spite of his personal victory, Moore expressed disappointment of the overall voter turnout for the election. Of 18,500 registered voters in the county, only 3,599 (19.45 percent) turned out to vote.
Another contested county race was that of clerk of the circuit court where James Voglewede Jr. defeated Edgar Dyer in the Republican Party race. Voglewede gathered 56 percent of the vote compared to 44 percent for Dyer.
Also in the Republican race, incumbent Donald Kuhn tabulated 1,752 votes over opponent challenger Tyler Hill, who gathered 1,066 votes.
Republican Matt Lehman, State Representative for District 79, ran unopposed, as did State Senator (District 19) Travis Holdman.
Those Republicans running unopposed for County Council included Stan Stoppenhagen, Eric Orr and Phillip Wulliman.
For the Geneva Town Council, Jim Timmons ran unopposed and received 89 votes.
All township seats were either unopposed or uncontested.
In the United States Representative District 3 race for the Republicans, incumbent Marlin Stutzman overwhelming defeated his opponents with 2,279 votes compared Mark Baringer with 262 votes and James Mahoney III with 238 votes. On the Democrat slate for District 3 Representative, Justin Kuhnle accumulated 295 votes, Jim Redmond tallied 75 votes and Tommy Schrader got 111 votes.

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