Automatic recounts conducted Dec. 4-6 for Canal Winchester and Reynoldsburg races confirm official results that were certified Nov. 21, according to a Dec. 6 news release from the Franklin County Board of Elections.

The recounts "revealed no differences from the official results," the release said.

The recounts involved three seats on the Reynoldsburg school board and City Council and four on Canal Winchester City Council.

Recounts are mandatory in Ohio when the difference between the winning candidate and the candidate with the next highest number of votes is less than one-half of 1 percent.


Election-night story

Mershon defeated in re-election bid for CW council

Will Bennett will return to Canal Winchester City Council for another term but Bobbie Mershon will not, according to Election Night results.

In a field of six candidates running for four seats, Patrick Lynch received the most votes at 900 (18 percent), followed by Michael Coolman, 851 (17 percent); Bennett, 834 (17 percent), and Jill Amos, 824 (16 percent), with all Franklin County precincts reporting.

Bob Toledo finished fifth with 812 votes (16 percent); and Mershon, with 808 votes (16 percent) placed sixth, in the Nov. 7 voting, according to unofficial results from the Franklin County Board of Elections.

With all precincts reporting in Fairfield County, Amos received 107 votes (15.4 percent), Bennett earned 123 votes (17.7 percent); Coolman Lynch and Toledo each receive 118 votes (16.98 percent) and Mershon had 111 votes (15.97 percent).

Council president Steve Donahue didn’t seek re-election. There was an open seat left by Jim Wynkoop, who died in August.

Madison Township

In other news from the Tuesday night, John Pritchard was the top vote-getter in the race for the Madison Township Board of Trustees.

Pritchard and incumbent Edward B. Dildine were elected from field of seven candidates running for two seats. Trustee Victor Paini did not seek re-election. Vote totals were: Pritchard, 2,123 (29 percent); Dildine, 1,505 (20 percent); Kathleen Walsh, 1,104 (15 percent; Sharon Whitten, 902 (12 percent); Angela McDonald, 729 (percent); Deborah Miller, 725 (10 percent; and Maria Steward, 355 (5 percent).

On a related note, Laurie Vermeer, who ran unopposed and received 2,924 votes (100 percent), will retain her seat as township fiscal officer. Vermeer was appointed last year to fill the unexpired term of Barbara Adams, who retired.

Groveport City Council

Four candidates ran unopposed for seats on Groveport City Council. Marvin Stevens, with 569 votes (21 percent) was elected to succeed Jim Beidler, who decided not to run for re-election.

Incumbents Becky Hutson, with 745 votes (27 percent); Edward G. Dildine, 740 votes (27 percent); and Scott Lockett, 701 (25 percent); all were re-elected, according to unofficial results from the Franklin County Board of Elections.

Groveport Madison school board

Three incumbents were returned to the school board, according to unofficial vote counts Tuesday night.

Nancy Gillespie received 2,780 votes (25 percent), Bryan Shoemaker received 2,385 votes (22 percent) and Libby Gray received 2,018 votes (18 percent).

The remaining two candidates, Patrick Niemann and Diana Fortner-Orum received 2,000 votes (18 percent) and 1,907 votes (17 percent), respectively.