Wasilk wins in council shake-up


By Jason Hawk - jhawk@aimmediamidwest.com



Val Bandersky casts her ballot Tuesday at Amherst Steele High School in Amherst.


Laurie Hamame | Amherst News-Times

Jennifer Wasilk won the Amherst city council presidency Tuesday by a 20 percent margin, retiring incumbent John Dietrich from local government.

In one of the earliest returns in memory, Wasilk (R) found a clear 1,871 to 1,222 victory over Dietrich (D).

“I was cautiously optimistic. I’ve walking this city, the entire city for 15 years,” she said after the night’s unofficial results were posted by the Lorain County Board of Elections. “I know a lot of people and hopefully I’ll be able to still earn the confidence they expressed tonight.”

She said her priority as council president will be to support mayor Mark Costilow’s vision. The fellow Republican “has some good vision when it comes to environmental issues and development,” Wasilk said.

Other local results include:

Amherst first ward

Brian Dembinski (D) — 444 (57.96 percent)

Bradley Lacko (R) — 322 (42.04 percent)

Amherst second ward

Ed Cowger (R) — 454 (55.98 percent)

Angie Schubert (D) — 357 (44.02 percent)

Amherst third ward

Chuck Winiarski (R) — 159 (100 percent)

Amherst fourth ward

Martin Heberling III (D) — 391 (49.6 percent)

Matthew Nahorn (R) — 397 (50.4 percent)

Amherst council at-large

Three seats open

David Janik (D) — 1,647 (32.85 percent)

Joe Miller (D) — 1,644 (32.79 percent)

Phil Van Treuren (R) — 1,723 (34.36 percent)

Amherst auditor

Darek Pittak (R) —2,056 (100 percent)

Amherst treasurer

Richard Ramsey (R) — 2,096 (100 percent)

South Amherst council

Four seats open

Alyssa Alcorn (write-in) — Results not available

Dennis Burdue — 178 (34.83 percent)

Robert James — 154 (30.14 percent)

Jeri Leigh Siss — 167 (32.68 percent)

Amherst Township trustee

Two seats open

Dennis Abraham — 798 (50.86 percent)

Neil Lynch — 771 (49.14 percent)

Brownhelm Township trustee

Two seats open

Monica Bauer — 392 (13.29 percent)

Orrin Leimbach — 1,187 (40.25 percent)

Jim Northeim — 1,379 (46.46 percent)

Henrietta Township trustee

Two seats open

Ronald Baumann — 367 (49.80 percent)

Joseph Knoble — 370 (50.20)

Amherst board of education

Three seats open

Markos Athineos — 1,622 (16.68 percent)

Teresa Gilles — 2,811 (28.91 percent)

Valerie Neidert — 2,643 (27.18 percent)

Ron Yacobozzi — 2,647 (27.22 percent)

Firelands board of education

Three seats open

Bob Danicki — 1,279 (25.63 percent)

Joshua Frederick — 919 (18.41 percent)

Ben Gibson — 1,452 (29.09 percent)

Daniel Pycraft — 1,341 (26.87 percent)

Jason Hawk can be reached at 440-988-2801 or @EditorHawk on Twitter.

Val Bandersky casts her ballot Tuesday at Amherst Steele High School in Amherst.
http://www.theamherstnewstimes.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2017/11/web1_IMG_7001-1.jpgVal Bandersky casts her ballot Tuesday at Amherst Steele High School in Amherst.

Laurie Hamame | Amherst News-Times

By Jason Hawk

jhawk@aimmediamidwest.com