November election results 11.11.09

Written by David Green.

Morenci’s only contested contest didn’t favor the write-in candidate.
Council member Keith Pennington was on the ballot for the office of mayor and he garnered 160 votes in the low turn-out election Nov. 3. Former council member Jason Bryant ran as a write-in candidate and collected only 34 votes.
In uncontested council races, Jason Cook held on to his seat with 166 votes, Tracy Schell with 159 votes, and Greg Braun with 156 votes.
New-comer Joseph Varga was also given 156 votes.
The nearly uncontested election with no state and local issues drew only about 11 percent of the city’s registered voters.

FAYETTE–The Fayette village council has three new members and one appointed councilor will continue serving.

Paula Ferguson netted the most votes in the Nov. 3 election with 222. She’ll be joined by two other newcomers, Rodney Kessler (208) and Thomas V. Molitierno (163). Julia Ruger, who was appointed to council earlier this year, netted 187 votes.

Incumbent Ken Delphous will leave council at the end of the year after receiving only 85 votes. Eugene Rosinski was also on the ballot and polled 90 votes.

Ruth Marlatt was the only candidate for mayor and she received 214 votes.

Thirty-five percent of Fayette’s registered voters (283 of 810) participated in the election.

SCHOOL BOARD—Incumbent Deb Leininger (586) was the only candidate running in the Fayette Board of Education election. Board members will have to appoint one additional member to join the board in January.

GORHAM—Newcomer Trevor Hibbard netted the most votes in the Gorham Township trustee election. Hibbard was given 344 votes. Incumbent William McKinney retained his seat with 288 votes.

Unsuccessful candidates were Brian Keefer (261) and Matt Lumbrezer (113).

FRANKLIN—Jon Rupp (174) and Keith Buehrer (154) ran unopposed for Franklin Township trustees, where 45 percent of registered voters went to the polls.

CHESTERFIELD—James Stubbins (213) and Paul Holman (203) ran unopposed in Chesterfield Township. Clark Emmons will continue to fill an unexpired seat after defeating Paul Johnston, 211-99. Forty-five percent of the electorate voted.

LYONS—Andrea Gleckler (114), John O’Neil (107) and Julie Fenicle (89) were the clear winners in the Lyons village council race, but John Arquette and Ty Walker each ended up with 82 votes for the fourth seat.

If the tie still exists after the ballots are certified by the county board of elections, a coin toss will determine whether Arquette or Walker will serve.

Unsuccessful candidates were Dale Hallett (75), Joan Klier (70), Lee Patterson (29) and Amanda Winters (29).

Lyons had a 46 percent voter turnout.

ROYALTON—Steven Gillespie netted 379 votes in the Royalton trustee election and Ronald Lumbrezer finished with 324. The two were unopposed.

EVERGREEN—Gary Pennington led the way in the Evergreen Board of Education election with 1,183 votes. Julie Carter received 1,072 and Gregory Creque netted 1,036. Forty-three percent of registered voters participated.

ISSUES: Fulton County voters approved the issue for veterans compensation, 68-32 percent.

Issue 2 to create a livestock care board was favored 75-25 percent. Residents voted against the casino issue, 59-41 percent.

All three issues were approved statewide.

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