COUNCIL: No changes as incumbents hold on to seats

By Jason Hawk -

Not a single seat will change hands on Amherst city council following Tuesday’s election.

All seven incumbents held the popular vote, though some only by a razor’s edge, according to unofficial Election Night counts.

Republican Phil Van Treuren was at the top of the polls, raking in 2,488 votes (29.3 percent) in the city council at-large race. Fellow councilmen Joe Miller (D) and David Janik (D) received 2,259 votes (26.6 percent) and 2,313 votes (27.2 percent) respectively.

Only three seats were open to a field of four candidates, leaving newcomer Garrett Knoll out with just 1,440 votes (16.9 percent).

“I’m pretty visible,” said Van Treuren when asked why he felt he earned the lion’s share Tuesday. “I do not shy away from sharing my mind on stuff even if it gets a lot of backlash, and I shared my mind a lot on Issue 3 (statewide marijuana legalization). I think I was the most vocal official in Lorain County about Issue and that it’s bad for us in Ohio.”

Steve Bukovac (D) was unopposed in the First Ward race but still garnered 766 votes.

In the Second Ward, incumbent Dave Goodell (R) narrowly held off challenger Angie Schubert (D) by just 20 votes (50.9 to 49.1 percent).

The margin was only slightly wider in the Third Ward, where incumbent Chuck Winiarski (R) defeated challenger David Sheffer (D) by 60 votes (that’s 53.8 to 46.2 percent).

Jennifer Wasilk (R) earned 836 ballots in the latest of a long string of unopposed Fourth Ward showings.

“We’ve got great elected officials on both sides of the aisle. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: We’ve got great council members, great administration. We’re lucky,” said Van Treuren.

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

By Jason Hawk