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May 19, 2019

8/28/2018 10:46:00 AM
GOP caucus puts Dart on county board '18 ballot
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Kevin Dart will replace Kevin Utterback on the Crawford County Board, at least until the November election.

Crawford County Republicans held a caucus Friday morning and elected Dart to fill the seat vacated by Utterback's July 4 death.

The county board declared Utterback's District 3 seat vacant at its August meeting.

Dart is a fifth-generation farmer in Licking Township, north of Oblong. He is married and has three grown daughters. He has also served on the Licking Township Board.

According to state law Utterback had not served as a board member long enough to simply have the seat filled by appointment by the County Board Chairman. A caucus is required by the party Utterback was affiliated with, and Dart will have to run for re-election on the November ballot.

This is not the first post-primary ballot move of the summer.

In July, the board seated Don Goupil to replace Steve Rich. Goupil is on the Nov. 6 ballot for Rich's District 5 seat. The incumbent opted not to seek re-election and announced his immediate resignation last month.

Other races on the county-board ballot include one for a two-year term. The abbreviated term is in District 1. In the running are Kevin Morrison, who was appointed to the board in 2016 after John Daugherty was elected but opted not to serve, and Palestine Police Chief Jeffrey S. Besing.

Also running for county board is Republican incumbent Kip Randolph in Disrict 2.

Besides Chairman Gareld Bilyew, a District 3 Republican, other members not running again are Republicans Terry McCoy in District 4 and Steve Rich in District 5. Koert E. Bartman has filed for McCoy's seat on the GOP ticket.

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