Grove City voters on Nov. 7 chose incumbent Ted Berry and first-time candidate Christine Houk for seats on City Council.

With all precincts reporting, Berry defeated Ed Fleming in the Ward 1 race 1,008 to 497 votes, or 67 to 33 percent, according to unofficial results from the Franklin County Board of Elections.

Houk defeated incumbent Steve Bennett in the Ward 3 race by a count of 1,035 to 649 votes, or 61 to 39 percent.

At-large incumbent councilman Steve Robinette ran unopposed.

Berry, who was elected to his fourth term, said he was "overwhelmed" by the margin of his victory.

"Just, wow," he said. "I was not expected getting (67) percent. I'm just very, very grateful to the Grove City and the voters in Ward 1.

"I rely so much on the residents in Ward 1. Whenever I ask for their input on an issue, they respond and come out in big numbers to a meeting. I think of us as a team working together."

The top priority in 2018 for City Council will be the redevelopment of the former site of Beulah Park, Berry said.

"Once we get a plan submitted, I will be going back to the residents in my ward to see what they think about it," he said. "The developer's been great to work with so far and he's working to update his plan for the project."

With Mount Carmel and other medical-center development in Grove City, about 1,000 hospital and medical-related jobs will be coming to the city next year, Berry said.

"Next year, Grove City will see more jobs than ever in its history," he said. "It's exciting."

Houk said she was honored and humbled to be elected.

"I'm excited about the opportunity to serve and what lies ahead," she said. "To have the voters come out and show such support for me in my first race, it says they appreciated what you have to offer."

In talking to voters in Ward 3, Houk said, she found they responded to her campaign's focus on the need for "careful attention to infrastructure and to have proactive development. We need to have a strategy to attract the best development and not just be reactive."

She offered praise for Bennett.

"Throughout the campaign, any time we talked or discussed the issues, it was always very positive and friendly," Houk said. "You worry sometimes about getting into politics because there's so much negativity these days. We didn't have that in our race."

Jackson Township trustees

In the race for Jackson Township trustee, incumbents Jim Rauck and David Burris were re-elected, defeating challenger Gilbert Lloyd Sheets.

Rauck received 4,501 votes and Burris garnered 3,648 votes, or 42 and 34 percent, respectively, according to unofficial results from the board of elections. Sheets received 2,490 votes, or 23 percent.

Burris was elected to his sixth term and Rauck, who has served since 2010, was elected to his third full term.

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