UPDATE: 11/06/2019 @ 5:23 AM
LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ohio (WOWK) — A hotly contested race between incumbent mayor Katrina Keith and her challenger, community organizer Sam Cramblit has now come to an end.
It was an historic night for the 28-year-old community organizer as election results posted to the Lawrence County Board of Elections website a little after 1:00 am Wednesday morning show Cramblit defeated Keith in a landslide victory.
A computer glitched had delayed the election results Tuesday evening. Multiple counties across the state had to deal the software issue.
13 News first broke the news Cramblit would be Ironton’s next mayor after election officials exclusively confirmed the results to us around 9:45 pm Tuesday evening.
Election officials say they were able to confirm the results to us because if anyone was to drive to every precinct in the city, they would be able to gather the raw numbers and get a total number of votes for each issue and candidate. The problem the board of elections faced, according to election officials, was the software was not reading the results, making them unable to double verify the election results from each precinct.
Election results show the Lawrence County Developmental Disabilities 2.5-mill per year levy failed by a slight margin with 47.65% of votes for the levy and 50.2% of the vote against the levy. The municipal income tax proposal in Ironton failed by a landslide with 74.4% of the vote going against the tax increase.
Cramblit is one of four new faces in city government alongside newly elected city council members Mike Pierce, Jacob Hock, and Chris Haney. Cramblit is the youngest person to be elected mayor in Ironton’s recorded history.
“I’m extremely humbled and thankful for all the support and everyone coming out to support our vision for Ironton. It was a team effort – I couldn’t have done it without all the volunteers and supporters. It’s extremely humbling to have everyone here celebrating the victory of the three new council members and myself. It has been a pleasure to get to know these guys and spend time out in the community talking to voters along with them. It’s really helped shape our perspective of what the citizens really want here and that’s obviously change. I’m extremely excited to work with the new council and current members on council and start moving Ironton forward.”Sam Cramblit, newly voted Mayor of Ironton
ORIGINAL STORY: 11/05/2019 @ 9:52 PM
LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ohio (WOWK) — Despite a significant software issue impacting the ability to see the results of voting in Lawrence County, Ohio, election officials say Sam Cramblit will be Ironton’s next mayor.
Cramblit beat out the incumbent and first female Mayor of Ironton, Katrina Keith. Sam Cramblit is the youngest Mayor in the recorded history of Ironton.
If the software issue isn’t solved Tuesday evening, ballots will be manually fed through a machine. Each voting machine produces a ballot paper copy. Official results may not come out until Wednesday.
Election officials are able to confirm the results due to the raw numbers that have come from each precinct in Ironton. They are unable to give certified results because the software glitch is preventing them from tallying up official numbers.
Watch Reporter Shannon Litton’s full interviews on each candidate here.
In addition to this result, election officials say the Lawrence County Developmental Disabilities Levy is too close to call as of Tuesday night. They add the Ironton Municipal Income Tax is expected to fail. Officials say Ironton City Council is expected to gain three new council members – Chris Haney, Jacob Hock, and Mike Pierce.
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