WAPAKONETA — In the only contest race for an Auglaize County seat, Republican incumbent Christina Lambert easily staved off Democrat challenger Anne Hamilton for the position of Auglaize County recorder during Tuesday’s election.
According to unofficial results, Lambert tallied 15,870 votes, or 75.92 percent, more than 10,000 more than Hamilton’s 5,033 votes, or 24.08 percent.
“I was truly surprised in the outcome,” Lambert said. “It is hard not to think about it, but people coming in the office kept saying, ‘You don’t have to worry about it.’”
Both women were making their first attempt at an elected office.
Lambert, who has been serving in the position since Aug. 1, 2011, was appointed when Recorder Ann Billings retired. The position is a four-year term.
Lambert said she simply plans to continue to run the office with the same efficiency it has had in the past. She had worked in the Recorder’s Office for 30 years before officially being appointed to the position.
“I am ecstatic with how it turned out,” Lambert said. “I owe a lot to my staff. We have a great staff and everything is running smoothly.”