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Cotner, Long, Skinner will run in November

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Republicans Barth Cotner, Chris Long and Dan Skinner emerged as winners from a six-candidate Republican City Council primary May 7.

They will move on to the November general election, where they will join Democrat Preston Stearns in a race for three at-large seats on Reynoldsburg City Council.

According to final unofficial results from the Franklin County Board of Elections, incumbents Cotner received 682 votes (22.29 percent) and Long tallied 564 votes (18.44 percent.)

Newcomer Skinner received 577 votes (18.86 percent.)

The next-highest number of votes went to Marshall Spalding, with 516 (16.87 percent) followed by Monica DeBrock with 389 votes (12.72 percent) and Will Shuck, who received 331 votes (10.82 percent.)

Incumbent DeBrock has served just a few months on council after being appointed at the beginning of the year to fulfill the remainder of Nathan Burd’s term. He resigned to become Reynoldsburg’s public service director.

Cotner, 40, said on election night he was happy to receive the lion’s share of the vote.

“I’m happy and this is what I was trying to work for,” he said.

“It makes me feel good that people know that they can count on me and trust me. I hope they know that I will do the best job I can do.

“It is great to get the respect and trust of the community that I love,” he said.

Cotner is the owner of Cotner Funeral Home and has served on Reynoldsburg City Council since he was appointed to his seat in February 2009.

He said he has lived in Reynoldsburg his entire life and feels “we have much to be proud of.”

Long, 54, said he was “feeling fantastic” when all the precincts had reported on election night.

“Back in 2009, we were entrusted with the faith of the people and we have done a lot of hard work within the city of Reynoldsburg,” he said.

“I think these votes were a reaffirmation that we are doing a good job and the residents want us to continue that work.”

Long is manager of the Ohio Development Services Agency. He is a graduate of Reynoldsburg High School and served in the United States Air Force. He was elected to Reynoldsburg City Council in 2009.

Skinner, 32, said he and his family were celebrating on election night.

“I’m excited to be here with my family and good friends that helped during my campaign,” he said.

“We will be doing some celebrating tonight and then we will get back together next week and start working on the November campaign,” he said.

“As a non-incumbent, I think I need to get an early start on it.”

Skinner is an attorney and co-founder of a law firm. He said his experience as an attorney, working for public servants and serving on the Reynoldsburg Planning Commission has been good preparation for a council seat.

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