Spencer Retains Commissioner Seat

WDN Staff Writer

Doug Spencer will remain an Auglaize County Commissioner.
The incumbent beat out challenger Pat McGowan, the sitting mayor of St. Marys, in the Republican Primary on Tuesday night, claiming 70.1 percent (4,387) of the vote to McGowan's 29.9 percent (1,871).
This will be Spencer's fourth term as a commissioner, rejoining Don Regula and John Bergman, and while he's looking forward to retaining his spot, he's also glad that the election is now behind him.
"I'm ecstatic and relieved," Spencer said on Tuesday night. 
Spencer, who went unopposed in his previous two elections, was appreciative of the voters and supporters who helped carry him to the decisive victory.
McGowan, who was on hand at the County Administration Building as the results were coming in, was disappointed in the results.
"I worked my tail off," McGowan said. ... "So I'm going to go honor what they said, go on with life, and I wish Mr. Spencer well."
His focus now, will shift back to his office in St. Marys.
Spencer, now that the election is over, will also turn some of his attention elsewhere — to his family.
And as far as the county goes, he'll continue to help guide the county through any issues that might arise.
And as commissioner, he'll also pick up on some of the more exciting projects the county already has in the works.
To read the full story, pick up a copy of the Wednesday May 9 print edition of The Evening Leader.