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Barstow, Hickin to join Lenzo on City Council

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Only one incumbent will return to Pataskala City Council in 2014.

Todd Barstow and Tim Hickin joined incumbent Bryan Lenzo as the top three vote-getters Nov. 5, according to unofficial results from the Licking County Board of Elections.

The other incumbent in the race, C. Bernard Brush, finished fifth behind Jack Treinish, according to the results.

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.

Hickin said the fact that voters retained only one of the two incumbent Pataskala City Council members running might be a message to elected officials.

"Since only one incumbent will hold (his) spot, I think people sent a little bit of a message there," Hickin said.

He said there is "constant bickering" at City Council meetings.

"I hope that I can help, come in and do whatever I can to help the city move more smoothly forward," Hickin said.

Barstow received 1,306 votes, or 21.35 percent of votes cast.

Barstow said he, like Hickin, was surprised at the outcome of the election.

"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 the city and the folks who live here."

Lenzo received 1,248 votes, 20.4 percent of votes cast.

He 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."

Lenzo said all the candidates ran excellent campaigns.

"I think Pataskala voters would have won any way it would have come out at the end," Lenzo said.

The other candidates in the race were Brush and 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.

Brush said he was pleased with the election results because he encouraged Barstow to run for City Council and Mike Compton to run for mayor, and both won.

"I think that's great," Brush said. "I'm kind of passing it off to them and I hope they can carry on what I've been doing for a long time on City Council."

Brush has served on City Council since 1996. He served as the Ward 3 representative from 2000-05 and was elected in 2005 to an at-large seat, which he retains through Dec. 31.

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