Two new members are poised to join Pataskala City Council in 2014, according to unofficial results Nov. 5 from the Licking County Board of Elections.
Todd Barstow and Tim Hickin joined incumbent Bryan Lenzo as the top three vote-getters. The results, which included absentee ballots, were calculated with all precincts reporting.
Hickin received the most votes at 1,320, or 21.58 percent of votes cast.
“I was optimistic, but to be the top vote-getter is an honor and I’m really honored that the people have given me the opportunity to represent them,” Hickin said.
Barstow received 1,306 votes, or 21.35 percent of votes cast.
Barstow said he, too, was surprised at the outcome.
“I am a little shocked,” Barstow said. “For a first-time candidate, I thought I would be competitive, but I never thought I’d finish second. I’m excited and looking forward for chance to serve city and the folks who live here.”
Lenzo received 1,248 votes, 20.4 percent of votes cast.
Lenzo said he was pleased to be re-elected.
“It was a very close race with five really strong candidates and I’m glad that the voters of Pataskala elected me for another four years,” Lenzo said. “I think we’ve accomplished a lot of great work over the last four years, but we have a lot more work to do. I’m looking forward to finishing what I started.”
The other candidates in the race were incumbent C. Bernard Brush and Jack Treinish.
Treinish received 1,124 votes, 18.37 percent of the votes cast.
Brush received 1,120 votes, 18.31 percent of the votes cast.