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Thompson elected by Fall Creek Township

Steve Thompson, back right, won the race to be the next Fall Creek Township Trustee. Thompson was joined by a whole team of supporters Tuesday night at Primo in downtown New Castle while Henry County Republicans waited for the final results to roll in.

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com

Real estate agent and former police officer Steve Thompson is going to be the next Fall Creek Township Trustee.

He stayed up waiting for the results Tuesday night after most Henry County Republicans had turned in for the night.

The final tally had Thompson with 1,113 votes, or 68.79 percent. This was his first go at public office.

“It was really exciting,” Thompson said. “It was very humbling to ask people to trust in me enough to vote for me.”

Thompson has a passion for public service.

“I’m excited for this opportunity to get back to that part of my life that was missing,” he said.

The Shenandoah graduate also spent time in the Marines and learned about the world during his time in Iraq.

However, Thompson expects his experience as a local businessman will come in handy more often in his new role in local government.

“I run the books and a budget larger than the township’s,” Thompson said, “And am confident I can transition my success in business directly into the trustee’s office.”

Thompson had a lot of support while campaigning to bring fresh eyes to the trustee’s office.

He thanked his wife, Tricia, for supporting him through the whole process and he thanked Hilary Casstevens, who helped with his campaign and will serve as Thompson’s deputy trustee during his term.

Thompson also thanked fellow Shenandoah grad Betsy Mills for taking him under her wing during the election process. 

Democrat Hannah Thomas also ran for the trustee position. Thomas received 505 votes for 31.21 percent.

Thompson said he and Thomas traveled in different circles, so they didn’t talk much during the race.

They did spend some time together Tuesday while Fall Creek voters were heading to the polls.

“She’s a really great person and had a lot of support. It was great to see her get a lot of support,” Thompson said of his opponent. “I hope she’ll stay involved and find other ways to get involved with the community.”

The Courier-Times attempted to get comments from Thomas for this story, but was unsuccessful as of presstime Wednesday.