There was never any doubt.

There was never any doubt.

With no announced competition for any of the three Clintonville Area Commission seats up for election Saturday, May 7, the only three candidates won handily.

The unofficial results announced by election committee Chairman Peter Niswander are:

* In District 3, incumbent Libby Wetherholt received 16 votes.

* In District 6, incumbent Randy Ketcham garnered 17 votes.

* In District 8, write-in candidate Christopher J. Allwein tallied 19 votes plus one provisional ballot.

Allwein, an attorney specializing in energy and utility law, will take the place of current CAC Chairman Kristopher Keller, who opted not to seek another term but instead will run for the 24th Ohio House District seat.

Candidates have two weeks to appeal the results, Niswander said; if there are no appeals, the election committee will certify the results and officially announce the winners at the next CAC meeting.

That session is set for 7 p.m. June 2 at the Whetstone branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 3909 N. High St.

"I see development as probably the major issue facing the commission for the foreseeable future," Ketcham wrote in an email following the election.

"I am excited for the opportunity to represent my neighbors in District 8," Allwein wrote. "I look forward to working with the other CAC commissioners to serve Clintonville and its citizens, by seeking comments, opinions and ideas from my neighbors on area projects and planning, and effectively communicating that input to the commission, the city and others as Clintonville continues to experience significant growth and change."

"I think appropriate development can be good for Clintonville, but it shouldn't be allowed to bring major traffic or parking issues or put burdens on public services such as the sewer system," Ketcham added. "I'm especially concerned with the apparent loophole that allows proposed apartment complexes to be called extended-stay hotels, thereby often avoiding rezoning issues and eliminating local input by bypassing the area commissions. I still consider Clintonville as primarily a residential community and developers should consider it a privilege to move here and act accordingly, as many have already done.

"I really enjoyed my first three years on the commission, meeting a lot a great people who really care about our community and working with the other commissioners who really take their positions very seriously."