Ashtabula County Auditor Roger Corlett, who was uncomfortable with the political and campaigning tasks of re-election, can get back to crunching numbers for another four years.
Voters on Tuesday gave Corlett a vote of confidence with 16,773 votes for the Democrat incumbent and 12,541 for his Republican challenger, Roy Brommer of Roaming Shores. Corlett captured 57.22 percent of the vote, according to the unofficial results.
Corlett, a certified public accountant, campaigned on a platform of professionalism, integrity and saving the county money even in the face of extreme budget cuts to his and other county offices. Corlett, 62, came into the office with decades of accounting experience in the private sector.
His accomplishments during his first term included restoring a spirit of cooperation between his office and those of other county elected officials, including the commissioners, and merging the engineer’s tax map room into the auditor’s office to save the general fund more than $100,000 annually.
Corlett also started work on the county’s Geographic Information System mapping project, 911 mapping project and implementation of new accounting software that will provide numerous efficiencies.
Brommer attacked Corlett on the large number of cases taxpayers took before the board of revision, reduced public office hours and Corlett’s focus on reviewing the county’s current agricultural use value assessment properties for compliance.