Four seats on Powell’s city council were up for grabs on election day, with three incumbents running for another term in current mayor Frank Bertone, Brian Lorenz and Tom Counts. Tuesday’s vote served as a resounding support for the council’s ongoing work as all three were re-elected.
Lorenz led all candidates with 2,428 votes received, while Bertone and Counts received 2,232 and 2,0008 votes, respectively.
The fourth and final board seat turned out to be much closer, as the initial poll shows Christina Drummond defeated Leif Carlson by just eight votes. The winner of the board seat will not be determined until the election is certified on November 15.
“It’s fantastic, honestly,” Bertone said of his re-election. “It is an honor and a privilege to continue to serve, and I am delighted to have this opportunity for the next four years to continue the great things we have started over the past few years. I feel good about the team that we are putting together, and I really want to see these efforts come to fruition for the residents.
Bertone said it was exciting to have the Continuity Board with the re-election of all three incumbents and the arrival of a new member to Drummond or Carlson.
“We don’t have to wait two or three months to get to know each other or fix things. We can start with the team that we are building, and I feel like we are ahead of the curve, ”said Bertone.
Counts said it was “wonderful” to be re-elected and to have the opportunity to continue his work on the board.
“I’m just happy to be able to continue on the path we’ve been on,” Counts said. “I think the locals have shown that they have confidence in the city and its elected officials, and it’s kind of a vote of confidence. I appreciate that.
Counts said he could never really know how well residents are aware of the work being done on the council, but he thinks those residents are certainly paying attention given the election results.
“If they’re unhappy, they’re going to show it on election day, and I think that’s really a statement of what we’re doing,” he said.
Lorenz, who will serve his fourth term on the board, echoed Counts’ sentiment that being re-elected is an affirmation of the work he has done previously, saying the number of people who voted for him indicates how many people depend on him. him. and the rest of the board as a group.
“I am touched and honored that the residents of Powell have entrusted me to represent them for another term,” Lorenz told The Gazette. “Our residents demand leaders who are attentive to the issues and reactive. They demand transparent and accessible leaders. They are demanding leaders who are fiscally conservative and good stewards of their taxes, and I think Tuesday night’s results showed that overwhelmingly. “
Lorenz added: “Elections are really tough no matter where you line up in them. But they are particularly difficult for families. And for me, first of all, I am truly blessed to have such an exceptional family around me here in Powell… and I would be remiss if I did not mention my wife, Sue. Together we truly love our community and we are fortunate to take on this tremendous responsibility. I am really excited. We have a lot of good stuff in the hopper.
While still awaiting the certified count, Drummond said she was “honored” to receive as many votes as she did, adding that she received over 400 more votes than in her last campaign in 2017.
“It’s really wonderful to have this bipartisan support from all of Powell. I am honored to be in the running with such wonderful servants, and look forward to hearing more after the November 15th meeting, ”said Drummond.
Placards supporting some of the candidates for the Powell and Liberty Township Council Trustees races were on display at the entrance to Faith Life Church on Liberty Road on Tuesday.
Contact Dillon Davis at 740-413-0904. Follow him on Twitter @ DillonDavis56.