By kalea hall
Incumbents in Poland and Canfield townships were defeated in Tuesday’s election, while the Austintown incumbent and a former Austintown trustee won.
In Campbell the mayor will keep his position.
Joanne Wollet, 50, of Cliffview Drive in Poland beat both incumbents who have been in office for multiple terms. Incumbent Robert Lidle, 52, of Stoner Avenue received 12 more votes than incumbent Mark Naples, 55, Youngstown-Pittsburgh Road. Naples has been in office for 16 years.
“After 16 years, it is a long time and I am OK with [losing],” Naples said.
The race will still be subject to recount because of how close its outcome was.
Wollet plans to improve communication and transparency within the township. She wants to see an improvement in the township website and inventory list.
“I am just excited to have a chance,” Wollet said. “There are a lot of problems with communication.”
Lidle is completing his third term as Poland trustee. He was surprised by the outcome of the race, but thought Wollet did a nice job campaigning. “My gratitude to the voters of Poland, and I am honored to be able to serve,” Lidle said.
Lidle plans to continue the sidewalk project the township has worked on and continue to manage facilities and the township budgets.
In Canfield Township, incumbent Anthony Bettile, 54, of Fox Den Trail was defeated by challenger Brian Governor, 46, of South Raccoon Road. Incumbent, Marie Cartwright, 60, of Leffing- well Road also was elected for her second trustee term. Other challengers were Dave Morrison and Joe Polaski.
Bettile, Governor and Cartwright were not available for comment Tuesday night.
Governor’s plan is to focus on the budget and work closely with the township administrator and fiscal officer for savings opportunities. He would also like to eliminate any blight in the township and get the township website running.
Cartwright wants to continue to work with other communities on joint projects, such as the joint paving project with Boardman and Austintown townships this year; and to continue improving the township infrastructure, including the installation of a water tower on U.S. Route 224.
In Austintown Township, incumbent Jim Davis, 36, of Pineridge Court and a former trustee, Ken Carano, 69, of Countryside Drive beat out three opponents for two township trustee seats.
“I am just ecstatic and just so humbled by the fact that the Austintown community thinks of me as the top vote getter in the community and I am looking forward to another four years in the community,” Davis said.
This will be Davis’ second term. He would like to continue working for township growth.
Carano was township trustee from 1996 to 2001.
The other challengers were Bruce Shepas, Bob Raymond and Dave Stryffeler.
Campbell Mayor William J. VanSuch defeated Lewis F. Jackson. VanSuch, 72, of Camvet Drive has been mayor since January 2011.
“I was worried, but I appreciate the people had enough faith in me to put me back in office,” VanSuch said.