Delaware residents Tuesday, Nov. 5, sent a couple of new faces to City Council, and Sunbury folks supported the Community Library and the village's transition to cityhood in droves.
In Delaware’s Second Ward, incumbent Lisa Keller held on to her seat in the face of challenges from residents Mike Rush and Stephen Tackett.
According to final, unofficial results from the Delaware County Board of Elections, Keller won with 916 votes (68%), followed by Rush with 266 (20%) and Tackett with 158 (12%), with all seven precincts reporting.
Keller has been a Delaware City Council member for 11 years.
In the Third Ward, Cory Hoffman will take over for incumbent Jim Browning, who did not run for reelection.
Hoffman brought in 452 votes (52%) to George McNab's 419 (48%), according to the board of elections, with all eight precincts reporting.
In a two-person race for the Fourth Ward seat, Drew Farrell came out on top.
Incumbent Kyle Rohrer, the unopposed candidate for Delaware Municipal Court judge, did not seek reelection.
Ferrel bested Sarah JanTausch, 756 votes (57%) to 561 (43%), according to the board of elections, with all seven precincts reporting.
In the First Ward, incumbent Chris Jones was unopposed.
Sunbury issues all approved
Sunbury voters roundly approved two ballot issues on Election Day.
The Community Library's renewal of a 1-mill property-tax levy on the ballot was approved 3,912 votes (70%) to 1,702 votes (30%), with all 25 precincts reporting, according to the board of elections.
Library director Chauncey Montgomery said the levy will cost residential homeowners about $31 annually per $100,000 of appraised property value. That’s the same rate at which the levy was first collected in 2009.
Sunbury voters also were asked to approve the village’s first charter -- which will act as a “constitution” for cities, defining the government’s roles.
The charter is needed, Sunbury officials have said, because they expect the village to become a city after the 2020 census. By Ohio law, a village automatically becomes a city when it has 5,000 residents.
The proposal passed easily, 822 votes (82%) to 175 (18%), with all four precincts reporting, according to the board of elections.
Big Walnut: Fujii, Dorsch elected; Wecker ousted
In the race for two open seats on the Big Walnut school board, Stephen Fujii came out on top, ousting incumbent Andrew Wecker.
Fujii won 2,980 votes (37%), with challenger Sherri Dorsch earning 2,599 (32%) and Wecker taking 2,565 (32%), according to the board of elections.
Galena mayor: Challenger Love ousts incumbent Hopper
In Galena, longtime Mayor Tom Hopper was ousted by challenger Jill Love.
With the only precinct reporting, Love won 211 votes (68%) to Hopper's 99 (32%), according to the board of elections.
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