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BG City Council to have one new member in January PDF Print E-mail
Written by HAROLD BROWN, Sentinel City Editor   
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 07:55
Mike Zickar, chairman of the Wood County Democratic Party, congratulates Sandy Rowland, incumbent for the Bowling Green Council-At-Large seat during a Democratic election party. (Photos: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Bowling Green City Council will have one new face when it reorganizes in January.
Republican Theresa Charters-Gavarone will be the new Fourth Ward representative, following her victory over Democrat Robert Piasecki in Tuesday’s election.
Charters-Gavarone won five of the six precincts in the Fourth Ward.
Voters returned Republican Robert McOmber and Democrat Sandy Rowland to their at-large seats.
“I’m really happy with the outcome.” Charters-Gavarone said this morning. “I feel really honored to be able to serve the people of Bowling Green.”
It was the first election for Charters-Gavarone, who said she looks forward to hearing “more input from the community and talking with people about specific concerns.”
She said the campaign experience allowed her to met many new people.
Three other incumbents, Daniel Gordon in the First Ward, John Zanfardino in the Second Ward, and Michael Aspacher in the Third Ward were unopposed in their bids for new terms.
At-large representative Bruce Jeffers is in the middle of his four-year term.
Charters-Gavarone received 1,259 votes or 54 percent, to 1,070 votes or 46 percent for Piasecki, who had been appointed to council earlier this year to fill the unexpired term of Greg Robinette. Robinette resigned from council due to military service.
McOmber won his third at-large team, leading a four-person race for two spots with 2,541 votes. Rowland earned her first full term by placing second with 2,502 votes. She was appointed to council in 2012 to fill the unexpired term of Joel Kuhlman, who was elected a Wood County Commissioner.
Ellen Dalton, (middle-left) chats with Bob McOmber (middle), while watching for election updates with wife Becky McOmber (middle-right) during a Republican election party at Stone Ridge Golf Club.
Republican Sandy Milligan, in her first bid for elected office, placed third with 2,159 votes. Green Party candidate Joe DeMare was fourth with 891 votes.
In the at-large race, Rowland won every precinct in the First and Second wards, and 11 of 19 in the city. McOmber won six of the 11 precincts in the Third and Fourth wards and tied with Milligan in another. Rowland won one precinct each in the Third and Fourth wards.
DeMare won the 3-C Bowling Green State University campus precinct in which only four people voted. Rowland edged Demare by one vote in the 1-C campus precinct in which 12 people voted.
McOmber said voter turnout was lower than his previous council races but he was still happy to finish on top. He noted it was his fifth election in 18 years, having served two terms previously on the BG Board of Education.
“Being successful gives me a good feeling. I knew Sandy (Rowland) was going to run a strong race and Sandy Milligan ran a good race against two incumbents. She has nothing to hang her head about,” McOmber said.
While Democrats will hold a 5-2 edge on council, McOmber said partisanship has generally not been a problem and he looks forward to continue the good working relationship.
“I think council works best when we don’t all have the same viewpoint. There has been a time or two when I have been able to swing the majority to my way of thinking. I think there is a value to diversity,” McOmber said.
“It feels very good to be elected,” Rowland said. “It is an honor to serve the people. It was a good, hard race and I’m pleased with the outcome.
“There is always room to make Bowling Green a better place to live. I think city council is on track to do that right now.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 November 2013 10:27

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