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Coryea hangs on in Center Township

WAITING GAME: Republican incumbent Bryce Coryea talks with supporters at Meshingomesia Golf and Social Club while waiting for voting results in the Center Township trustee race to come in Tuesday evening.

By Clay Winowiecki - cwinowiecki@chronicle-tribune.com

In the race for Center Township, incumbent Bryce Coryea (R) has maintained his position as trustee. 

Coryea fended off Cathy Griffin (D) with 2,865 votes compared to Griffin's 2,330 votes. All votes are still unofficial. 

The Center Township Trustee is responsible for helping the Grant County Volunteer Fire Department purchase equipment, cleaning up some of the cemetaries and running a financial assistance program for those in need. 

Coryea, who has held the position for the past 16 years, will also maintain his Republican board. The trustee board acts as a checks and balance system to the trustee. The board approves budgets and receives monthly reports from the trustee on expenditures. 

"I thank the voters for giving me the confidence for another four years," Coryea said. "I think we've done a lot of good things in the office." 

Coryea contributes his success to voters getting to know him over the years.

"Because I have been in office (for 16 years) voters have heard about things we've done to improve the office," he said. "I'm proud of what we've done in the office."

Part of the efforts to improve the office involve following state guidelines, Coryea said. 

"I know we'll continue to do that and monitor all the changes," he said.  

During Coryea's campaign he focused on door-to-door campaigning. 

"We had a lot of people know what we've done in the past (from door-to-door campaigning), and I think they're appreciative," he added.

Griffin, who is currently the business office specialist at Marion Community Schools, did not return phone calls left for her. 

"(Coryea) was pretty excited about (winning)," said Darren Reese, Grant County Republican Party Chairman. "Obviously there was a lot of activity in Bryce's race, and I am glad he pulled it out."

(The results) speaks to the kind of trustee that Bryce has been and will continue to be," he added. 

Coryea's three board members have also remained intact. 

Republican Philippa Culley won with 2,035 total votes, while John Holloway won with 2,056 votes and Kenneth Hussong received 2,140 votes. 

Democrat Lucinda Caudill picked up 1,569 votes, while Paul Thompson received 1,561 votes and Al Green received 1,449 votes.