Voters used their Nov. 7 ballots to select a mix of consistency and change for Worthington City Council, electing two newcomers to join two re-elected incumbents.

Rachael Dorothy and Scott Myers will be joined by Beth Kowalczyk and David Robinson when they are sworn in in January.

Incumbents David Norstrom and Michael Troper were defeated, along with Sean Demaree, Michael Farley and Ian Mykel.

Kowalczyk and Robinson have less than two months to get up to speed on the issues facing City Council.

Kowalczyk said she'll be spending time listening to budget discussions so that she "can understand what our budget is and what we have to work with in the next year."

She said her priority will be to attempt to fulfill her campaign promises.

"The main thing I want to do is take a look at where we stand as far as becoming a livable community for all ages, since that was my platform, and looking at how we can assess where there might be gaps," she said.

Robinson said he'll be doing his own research and will be working to establish some kind of communication system with residents so that he can solicit their opinions when he becomes a councilman.

"I made a centerpiece of my campaign the idea of more fully engaging the residents, so I will be developing lines of communication to do that after I enter office," he said. "So I'm exploring ways of maintaining and really enhancing communication with residents so that when I enter office, we can do that more effectively."

Dorothy was the top vote-getter with 2,879 votes, followed by Kowalczyk with 2,608, Robinson with 2,317 and Myers with 1878, according to unofficial results from the Franklin County Board of Elections.

Farley received 1,608 votes, Troper 1,599 votes, Mykel 1,461 votes, Norstrom 1,107 votes and Demaree 974 votes.

Dorothy, who said her strategy of "getting out and talking to people" helped earn her the most votes, said she felt the campaign was a positive one and she hoped the four winners would be able to maintain that.

"Residents of Worthington were ready to have a bit of new leadership, but we also want to be sure we have people who are able to work collaboratively," she said. "So hopefully we'll be able to all collaborate and work together. There obviously was a push for some change in the leadership, having two incumbents being voted out."

Kowalczyk, the fourth woman to serve on City Council (Dorothy is the third), was part of that change.

The chief policy officer for the Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging, Kowalczyk emphasized making the community more viable for older residents and said that focus of her campaign made a difference.

"I had a message that I think nobody else was talking about, which is looking at where our community is going in the future, particularly in response to our changing demographics," she said. "I think that was something that really resonated with the people I talked to."

Robinson, a business owner known for his spearheading of the Issue 38 charter-amendment campaign in 2015, was the other part of that change.

He said he felt a "sentiment for the change in direction or tone in city policy" and his focus on "smart development" and transparency for residents is what pushed him over the edge.

"I think our focus on resident-centered policy as the best way to make wise decisions about our city's future resonated with the voters," he said. "I think another key part of the message was our belief that we don't have to choose between development and maintaining our city's distinctive character. In fact, we can both prosper and preserve what we love about Worthington."

The other re-elected incumbent, Scott Myers, did not respond to calls to comment for this story.

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