The seat belonged to Republicans before Ralph Fegley said he took office several years ago and he likes the chances of it staying that way with any of his three Republican successors.
Fegley, who is not seeking re-election on the Huron County Board of Commissioners because of health and personal reasons, had supported the bid of 61-year-old Charles Furey Jr., a retired banking manager. But he said he believed all the candidates were quite qualified for the position and would serve the county well.
In the Republican primary for Fegley's spot on the Huron County Board of Commissioners, Silcox was ahead early Wednesday morning by a fair margin.
The unofficial results, compiled late Tuesday night because of icy road conditions, showed Silcox leading the field in the three-way race with 1,725 votes, or 42 percent of the vote. Furey received 1,349 votes and Jim Ewell Jr. received 1,017 votes.
The only candidate of the three Republican challengers who has previous political experience, Silcox served as a Huron County commissioner from 1997 to 2000. Since then, the 61-year-old Norwalk man has owned and operated Truthgraph Limited, a polygraph business in Norwalk, that does lie-detector work for the courts, cops and private clients.
His other challenger, Ewell, is a 53-year-old salesman with Don Tester Ford Lincoln Mercury.
The Board of Commissioners is responsible for managing a budget of more than $15 million, which pays for the county's employees, maintenance and operations.
If the absentee and paper ballot votes still being counted Wednesday morning name Silcox victorious, he will face off against Democrat Sharon Ward in November during the general election.
The unofficial results show that voters also agreed by a margin of 86 percent to about 14 percent to reject a $1 increase to a conveyance fee, a fee that is assessed on the transfer of real estate property.