By D. A. WILKINSON
Columbiana County Democrats were drubbed by voters Tuesday.
Voters decided to favor Republican Craig Newbold over Democrat state Rep. Linda Bolon, D-1.
They chose Republican Mike Halleck, a former county commissioner, over one-term Democrat Commissioner Dan Bing.
Republican county Magistrate Scott Washam was chosen over Democrat Judge Melissa Byers-Emmerling at East Liverpool Municipal Court for the race for a Common Pleas Court seat left vacant by the retirement of Common Pleas Judge David Tobin earlier this year.
Newbold, a computer pioneer, had 52 percent of the vote to Bolon’s 48 percent.
Halleck had 55 percent of the votes as compared to Bing’s 44 percent.
Washam had 54 percent of the votes against the judge’s 45 percent.
David Johnson, the head of the Republican Party in Columbiana County and a member of the county board of elections, pointed out that four years ago, the Democrats took all the seats.
Johnson said the local party had conducted a comprehensive campaign throughout the county at the “grass roots” level.