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Olmstead Perrysburg mayor, council gets new look PDF Print E-mail
Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 01:03
Mike Olmstead looking over results in Perrysburg. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
PERRYSBURG — A shake-up on city council was paired with the election of a new mayor tonight.
Councilman Mike Olmstead will occupy the mayor’s office in January, while longtime councilor Joe Lawless and appointee Sara Weisenburger were unseated after wins by Rick Rettig, Barry VanHoozen and Jim Matuszak.
Olmstead, an eight-year council member, defeated Laura Hummer by a margin of 2,824 votes to 1,933, or 59.4 percent to 40.6 percent. He replaces Mayor Nelson Evans, who was term limited.
Rettig, a Perrysburg school counselor who earned 2,679 votes or 21.59 percent, said his campaign was successful because he got out early and talked with voters, who see him as approachable and genuine.
“I think they see me as a person with a blue-collar work ethic who’s just focused on getting the job done.”
VanHoozen, a 12-year school board member, earned 2,612 votes, or 21 percent. He said he’s sentimental about his time on that board, but is looking forward to the new opportunity.
“It’s an honor, and it’s always humbling when the community asks you to serve.”
VanHoozen said his experience on the school board puts him in good position to “reconcile differences and stay focused on solutions.”
“With three new council members, it’s imperative that as a group we get up to speed quickly.”
Matuszak could not be reached for comment. He earned 2,545 votes, good for 20.5 percent.
Lawless is a 16-year council member, while Weisenburger was appointed in June to fill a vacant term. Lawless earned 2,268 votes or 18.3 percent, and Weisenburger captured 2,307 votes or 18.6 percent.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 November 2013 09:23

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