WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) — It was a closer race, but voters selected a candidate to replace long-time Trumbull County Auditor Adrian Biviano, who is retiring at the end of his term in March 2023.

Democrats Tod Latell and Tom Shay were on the ballot. Latell won with just over 56% of the votes, according to unofficial returns.

Latell is the current County Recorder — a position he has held for five years. He previously worked as a Huntington Bank branch manager, assistant vice president and investment representative.

He said he would like to see continued technology improvements made in the office.

“To everybody that supported us, we need to continue that and carry that through November. It’s going to be a tough race in November. We want to carry this momentum all the way through,” he said.

Latell will face Republican Martha Yoder, who ran unopposed in the Republican Primary. She has owned her own business for more than two decades and previously served as a Farmington Township Trustee.

“We have a good group of people, and I think we’ll do well. I think it’s going to be a great year for Republicans this year and we’re seeing that tide turn in this county,” Yoder said.

Mike O’Brien is looking forward to the next steps in the process. “Well I’m looking forward to the general election I’m looking forward to really organizing all the townships and cities to work together, we have a lot to do,” said commissioner candidate Mike O’ Brien.

Chelsea Simeon contributed to this report.