The 320 First Ward residents who turned out for an Aug. 19 recall election voted almost 2-to-1 to retain Pataskala City Councilwoman Pat Sagar, according to unofficial results from the Licking County Board of Elections.
With both First Ward precincts reporting, the count was 198 votes, or about 62 percent, to 122 votes, or about 38 percent.
The turnout was about 12 percent of the ward’s 2,635 registered voters, according to the board of elections.
“I was really surprised at the low turnout but am so glad it’s over,” Sagar said. “I am just relieved and grateful for all the support from all the Ward 1 people who stood up for me and voted for me. I’m ready to get back to work.”
Carl Roshong, who with his wife, Deanna, initiated the recall, said he also was surprised at the turnout.
“It was rather sad that number turned out for whole thing, considering Ward 1 is larger than that,” Roshong said. “She’s obviously going to finish out term for the next year and half. I hope she represents her constituents better than she has in the past. The issue is over as far as I’m concerned.”
The result means Sagar will be able to finish her third term, which ends next year. She has said she does not plan to run for re-election.
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