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Columbus election

Bond packages wins mean safety, service improvements

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Columbus voters returned three incumbents to City Council and approved four separate bond packages Nov. 5.

A. Troy Miller, Priscilla Tyson and Eileen Paley -- all Democrats --bested Republicans Greg Lawson and Brian Bainbridge and independent Nick Schneider at the Nov. 5 ballot box, according to final, unofficial results from the Franklin County Board of Elections.

Tyson led with 47,500 votes (24 percent); Paley got 43,603 (22 percent); and Miller received 42,704 percent (21 percent). Lawson finished fourth with 26,139 (13 percent); Bainbridge gathered 24,460 votes (12 percent); and Schneider collected 16,464 votes (8 percent). Write-in candidates took less than 1 percent of the total.

That means one-party rule continues at City Hall, with all seven council members Democrats, as is Mayor Michael B. Coleman.

Lawson chose to see the cup as half full, considering how badly the challengers were outspent, but called Columbus "a tough nut to crack" for the GOP.

"Republicans need to build on that," he said. "They need to get aggressive on that and they need to reach out to the community. Considering the money spent, we did pretty well."

Meanwhile, voters supported four separate bond issues totaling $842 million that will help fund a variety of capital improvement projects.

They include:

* Issue 1, which allocates $53 million for safety and health services, was carried by 54,410 votes (64 percent) to 30,097 votes (36 percent).

* Issue 2, which spends $124 million on recreation and parks, was passed 59,555 votes (70 percent) to 25,998 (30 percent).

* Issue 3, which earmarks $220 million for public service, was approved 57,839 (68 percent) to 27,350 (32 percent).

* Issue 4, which sets aside $445 million for public utilities, received 57,252 (67 percent) to 27,784 (33 percent).

In other election news, veteran Auditor Hugh Dorrian easily beat independent challenger Igor Ternovsky. Dorrian, also a Democrat, received 63,432 votes (88 percent) and Ternovsky collected 8,093 (11 percent). Write-in candidates received less than 1 percent of the total.

City Attorney Richard C. Pfeiffer Jr., a Democrat who ran unopposed, also was re-elected with 65,385 votes. Write-in candidates received 263 votes.

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