Powell City Council and the Liberty and Orange Township boards of trustees will boast some new faces for the next four years after voters cast their ballots Tuesday, Nov. 5.
Powell: Karr, incumbents win
In a six-person race for three available seats on Powell City Council, voters returned both incumbents to their positions and gave newcomer Heather Karr a seat as well.
According to final, unofficial results from the Delaware County Board of Elections, with all 11 precincts reporting, Karr garnered the most votes with 1,681 (23%), followed by incumbents Dan Swartwout with 1,587 votes (22%) and Jon Bennehoof with 1,176 (16%).
Rounding out the race were Nicole Scott with 1,165 votes (16%), followed by Gary Yashko with 1,058 votes (15%) and Christopher Shear with 602 votes (8%).
In Ohio, a recount is triggered when the margin of victory is less than one-half of 1%. With just 11 votes (0.15%) separating Bennehoof and Scott, a recount will be mandatory.
Liberty Township: Newell to replace Leneghan; Karr upsets Denutte
Bryan Newell will replace Melanie Leneghan on the Liberty Township board of trustees next year, beating out two other challengers.
Leneghan, whose controversial proposals regarding the township's EMS and other issues stirred up tumult among residents this year, did not run for reelection.
Newell earned 3,173 votes (51%), compared to Melanie Farkas' 2,051 (33%) and Scott Donaldson's 1,020 (16%), according to the board of elections, with all 27 precincts reporting.
In the township's race for fiscal officer, newcomer Rick Karr will replace incumbent Nancy Denutte.
Karr brought in 4,277 votes (72%) to Denutte's 1,701 (28%), according to the board of elections.
Orange Township: Incumbents Knapp, Mayer voted out
Township trustee Lisa Knapp was ousted from her seat on Election Night, bested by newcomer Ben Grumbles.
According to final, unofficial results from the board of elections, Grumbles garnered 1,782 votes (38%) to Knapp's 1,525 (32%). Former trustee Robert Quigley rounded out the race with 1,433 votes (30%), with all 29 precincts reporting.
In the township's fiscal-officer race, another incumbent was ousted, with Wesley Mayer losing his job to Lisa Kraft.
Kraft earned 2,820 votes (62%) to Mayer's 1,749 (38%), according to final, unofficial results from the board of elections.
Also in Orange Township, two replacement levies passed with ease on Election Day.
A 1-mill issue for parks and recreation was approved 3,472 votes (71%) to 1,438 (29%), according to the board of elections, while a 0.5-mill roads levy took 3,683 votes (75%) to 1,237 (25%).
The parks levy generates $1,208,846 each year and will continue to cost homeowners $26.59 annually per $100,000 in property valuation.
The roads levy will continue to cost residents $15.79 annually per $100,000 in property valuation and generates $631,003 each year.
Both three-year issues previously were passed in 2016.
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