NEWARK – The suspense is finally over: Petplex Animal Hospital owner veterinarian Douglas Poorman will join the Buckeye Lake Village Council, appointed Buckeye Lake Council member Tom Wolfe was elected to a four-year term and write-in candidate Steven W. Thorp will join the Lakewood School Board.
The write-in results were released Tuesday afternoon as the he Licking County Board of Elections certified the results of the Nov. 3 election.
On Buckeye Lake Council, there were three write-in candidates— Poorman, appointed council member Thomas Wolfe, and former council president Charlene Hayden—to fill council vacancies in January after current council president Jeryne Peterson and council member Barry Herron decided not to seek reelection.
Adding to the complexity, Wolfe was appointed to fill former council member Michelle McCormick’s position, with two years remaining. According to official results, Poorman received 64 write-in votes, Wolfe 62, and Hayden 34. As a result, Poorman and Wolfe were elected to four-year terms. Since Wolfe can’t hold two positions on council, he will have to give up one. Presumably, he will keep his new four-year term, creating a vacancy the new council will have to fill in January. Two years are left in the term Wolfe took over from McCormick.
“Honestly, I think the village has a number of challenges,” said Poorman. He said he’s already met with several people affiliated with state government and he believes the state is favorable with providing grant money to the village, in addition to the more than $100 million Ohio is investing in rebuilding the Buckeye Lake dam. “The goal is to approach these challenges constructively,” Poorman said. He thanked council member Kitty Zwissler and others for their support in his victory.
Buckeye Lake Village Council incumbents Arletta Ruton and Robert Masone received 221 votes and 312 respectively, according to official results.
Thorp defeated fellow Lakewood
School Board write-in candidate Melissa McBride 215 votes to 133, respectively. Thorp will fill the position left open by school board member Forrest Cooperrider who, after 12 years of service to the district, decided against another term. According to official results, incumbent school board member William Gulick who was the only candidate listed on the ballot received 2,700 votes.
The lake area’s closest race narrowed even more in official results, but not enough to change the outcome or trigger a recount. Former Village Administrator Mike McFarland’s victory margin dropped from 17 to 13 votes over long-time Hebron Mayor Clifford L. Mason.