Incumbents do well in Coshocton County

| November 6, 2012

By Josie McCormick and Beth Scott

COSHOCTON – Election night was a big one for Coshocton County incumbents.

Voters chose to keep Janet Mosier as clerk of courts, Janette Donaker as county treasurer, Christine Sycks as county auditor and Van Blanchard as common pleas judge – probate division.

Mosier, who defeated Nina Richards for clerk of courts, attributed her success to, “Good employees. They’re just wonderful. They make my job so easy.”

When asked about her plans for the future, Mosier said, “Next is keeping up with technology. Money is always a problem but I’ll do the best I can to stay within budget.”

Donaker also was excited that she came out on top in her race against Thomas W. Jones for the county treasurer position.

“I’m very blessed to be able to get up in the morning and go to a job I really love,” she said. “I want to thank my family, my friends, my staff and the people in the county who supported me.”

Donaker attributed her victory to her office and her staff.

“They do a good job and I hope the county saw that we are already doing good things,” she said.

Sycks also was thankful for everyone who helped her have the opportunity to continue to do a job she loves.

“I had a lot of help,” she said. “I couldn’t have done this by myself. I also went out strong and knocked on a lot of doors and attended a lot of events.”

She topped Bob Pell in the county auditor’s race and Van Blanchard defeated William Todd Drown for common pleas judge – probate division.

“I feel really good,” Blanchard said. “This is a really nice victory for the court. It (the victory) also has motivated me to continue to work on all areas of the court and make it as good as it can be.”

In other contested races, Susan J. Turner was elected county recorder over Dave Thorson.

When asked about her success in this election, Turner said, “A lot of hard work, a lot of support from friends and family, and a lot of prayers.” When asked what was next on the county recorder’s agenda, Turner said, “Just continuing to work hard for everybody and do the best we can to run everything smoothly. We’re always open to new ideas. We’ll just continue to keep the office running efficiently.”

She replaces Dave Dilly, who ran for state representative.

“Susan will do a good job,” he said. “She understands the office and has really matured in a lot of ways since I’ve been there. She was ready for the recorder’s position and the voters saw that too.”

Dilly won in Coshocton County, but fell overall to Bill Hayes.

“I’m still a winner because Patty (my wife) and I got to meet a lot of people and do a lot of things,” he said. “I enjoyed the process and running for office was a real honor, but it’s time to move on and do something else.”

Dilly isn’t certain what his next step is, but he’s ready to explore options.

“I’ve flipped a lot of chapters in my book and this is just another one to flip,” he said. “God has plans for all of us.”

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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