Winners of Hillsboro CityCouncil seats in the 2017 General Election on Wednesday expressed gratitude toward their supporters and eagerness to serve their constituents over the next four years.
According to unofficial results Tuesday, in the 1st Ward, Republican Adam Wilkin defeated Democrat Robert Smith, 163-118.
“I’m just looking forward to getting in there and getting busy,” Wilkin told The Times-Gazette.
In council’s 2nd Ward, Republican incumbent Claudia Klein holds a 2-vote margin over Democrat Jason Burns, 136-134, with seven provisional ballots left to be considered, enough to potentially change the outcome.
But assuming the current outcome holds, Klein said, “I just want to thank everybody who voted for me and supported me, and I’m glad to be serving on council for the next four years and keep things moving forward. I look forward to working with the new council, as well as continuing to work with the old council.”
In the 3rd Ward, Republican Wendy Culbreath defeated Democrat Tim Countryman, 119-88.
“I’m humbled and honored to be able to serve in this capacity representing the 3rd Ward,” Culbreath said. “I’m thankful to all the voters who came out and supported me.”
In the 4th Ward, Democrat Mary Stanforth defeated Republican Jason Grove, 279-132.
“I’m looking forward to working with the council and representing the people as best as I can,” Stanforth said, “and I’d like to thank my family and everyone who has supported me throughout this campaign.”
In the at-large council race with three to be elected, incumbent Republican Justin Harsha led the pack with 874 votes.
“I’m just very honored to be re-elected,” Harsha said. “I’m very happy and honored that everybody believes in me, and I’m looking forward to working for Hillsboro for another four years.”
Brandon Leeth followed Harsha in the at-large race with 644 votes.
“I want to thank everyone who was in support of me running for city council,” Leeth said. “I’m truly thankful to actually be part of the government and support the citizens, and it’s really nice to see they spoke up and chose me to be on city council. I’m really humbled by it. I’m looking forward to getting to work, and I’m just really excited about doing my best to be a voice for all the citizens.”
Incumbent Republican Ann Morris received 543 votes for an at-large seat, edging out fellow incumbent Republican Tracy Aranyos by 13 votes.
“I’m happy to serve again for four more years and have the opportunity to help the city with projects and improvements,” Morris said. “I appreciate the votes, and am very grateful. Congratulations to all of the contestants who ran for office in the city and county races. It’s important, and a privilege to run for office.”
In the race for Hillsboro city treasurer, Democrat Patricia Burns leads Republican Amy Robinson by four votes at 589-585, with 14 provisional votes still outstanding.
Burns declined to comment until all the provisionals have been counted.
The provisional ballots will be counted on Nov. 21, election officials said.
Reach David Wright at 937-402-2570, or on Twitter @DavidWrighter.