Republican Todd Sands has been elected as a Muskingum County Commissioner, winning by a large margin over Democrat John Bates and Independent Steve Strauss.
Sands received 18,877 votes, compared to 11,922 for Bates and 3,993 for Strauss. Sands will replace Strauss as a Muskingum County Commissioner.
Sands said he's grateful for his family, friends and other supporters that helped him win the race. He said it's a surreal moment that hasn't sunk in quite yet.
"I want to work with the other two commissioners," said Sands. "This is a place where we work together. This isn't about me. This is about the county. I want to work with them and try to figure out the problems in the area."