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Givler wins Republican nomination for Middletown mayor

Posted 5/16/17

Robert Givler and Richard Hiester are in a tight race between former members of the Middletown Police Department who are running as Republicans for mayor.

With 1 of 6 precincts reporting, Hiester …

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Givler wins Republican nomination for Middletown mayor

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Robert Givler has defeated Richard Hiester in the race between former members of the Middletown Police Department who are running as Republicans for mayor.

With 6 of 6 precincts reporting, Givler garnered 235 votes to 183 for Hiester. There are 90 write-in votes, but who those votes are for is not yet known.

“I think the race was close because both of us are retired from the police force and both of us have the same kind of thoughts in mind, we’re both on the same tracks. I congratulate Rick on his good run and I just thank everyone for all the votes and the confidence they put in me," Givler told the Press & Journal early Wednesday.

Attempts to reach Hiester were unsuccessful late Tuesday.

Mayor James H. Curry III did not run in the primary. He has not decided whether to run as an independent or as a write-in candidate in the November general election. He ran as a Democrat in 2013 but in April changed his party affiliation to none.

Curry told the Press & Journal that Givler's ties to the police department might be a problem.

As Curry put it, “You don’t want the fox watching the henhouse.”

Givler said: “He’s entitled to what he wants to think. I’ll let it go for now. I’d like to run a clean campaign. I don’t want to put anybody down. It’s about what I want to do.”

There are no candidates on the Democratic side, but 90 write-in votes were cast. If a candidate receives 10 or more write-in votes and there are no other candidates, they can become the party's nominee in the November general election.

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