Grandview Heights City Council President Greta Kearns won election as the city's new mayor Tuesday, Nov. 5, defeating councilman Steve Reynolds in a landslide.
According to final, unofficial results from the Franklin County Board of Elections, Kearns received 1,559 votes (70%) and Reynolds' 675 votes (30%), with all precincts reporting.Kearns said her victory "reinforces that the community is appreciative of the leadership we have in place. They love this community, cherish the quality of life and the quality of services we have here." One of the overall themes of her campaign was "unity," Kearns said -- "The idea of many voices and one Grandview." People may differ on various issues, but everyone wants what they think is best for Grandview, Kearns said. "I want to express my appreciation to Mayor (Ray) DeGraw for his years of leadership and bringing us to where we are today," she said. "He has led us from a difficult economic time to a time of economic vitality." Kearns said she also wanted to thank Reynolds for his years of service to the community. She said she would remain on council and continue to serve as council president through the end of the year. "I'll be working closely with the administration to ensure we have a smooth transition," Kearns said.
Reynolds announced shortly after 9 p.m. that he had called Kearns to offer his congratulations and "wish her the best of success in her new position. She ran a very strong and effective campaign."
Kearns is in the second year of her second four-year term on council. She will take the oath of office as mayor Jan.1. Council members will appoint someone to serve out the remaining two years of her council term.
Kearns will replace DeGraw, a four-term mayor, who did not run for reelection.
In Marble Cliff, incumbents Joanne Taylor and first-time candidate Jeff Smith won election to Village Council.
Final, unofficial results show Taylor receiving 120 votes (36%), to Smith's 115 (35%). Incumbent Kendy Troiano trailed with 97 votes (29%), according to final, unofficial results, with all precincts reporting.
Village Council president Matt Cincione ran unopposed for mayor. He will replace Kent Studebaker, who did not run for reelection.
The Grandview Heights City Council election was uncontested, with incumbents Emily Keeler and Rebekah Hatzifotinos and newcomer Ryan Edwards winning election.
Hatzifotinos was appointed Sept. 9 by council members to fill a vacancy that resulted when councilman Steve Gladman resigned.
Reynolds' council term expires at the end of the year, but he ran for mayor and did not seek reelection to council.
The Grandview Heights school board race also was uncontested, with Emily Gephart and Kevin Guse the only candidates. They will replace Debbie Brannan and Melissa Palmisciano, both of whom chose not to run for reelection.
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