Wednesday, November 8, 2017
By Jordyn Grzelewski
A long-serving trustee was unseated in Poland Township, but incumbents in the Austintown and Boardman trustee races sailed to victory in the general election.
According to final unofficial results from the Mahoning County Board of Elections, Joanne Wollet came in first place, with 2,275 votes, among eight candidates for two Poland Township trustee seats. Edward Kempers, a retired Poland educator, came in second with 1,769 votes, unseating longtime Trustee Bob Lidle.
“I would like to say that it has been an honor and a privilege to serve the township that I grew up in,” said Lidle, who served on the board for 16 years. He said he’s proud of leading a project that added a sidewalk on state Route 170 from Poland village to the high school.
“I wish the best to the current and the newly-elected trustees, and I wish my town the very, very best,” he said. “One thing that everybody can count on: I’ve never missed a [board] meeting in 16 years, even through two bouts of cancer. I will not miss my next two meetings. I would not go out any other way.”
Wollet said she was “very excited and honored” to serve a second term on the board. She said her main priority in her next term will be to pave the township’s roads.
Kempers could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.
The other candidates in the race received the following votes: Catherine Stacy, 1,608; Mark Naples, 1,439; Robert Canter, 656; Ricky Morrison, 378; Henry Hassay, 240.
In races for two seats each on the Boardman and Austintown trustee boards, the incumbents won re-election.
In Austintown, Ken Carano got 4,954 votes; Jim Davis got 4,341 votes; and challengers Dawn Blinsky, John Mashiska and Matt Schriner, respectively, got 2,045, 1,927, and 1,266 votes.
“I am just so thankful for the support of the Austintown voters, and just so excited to be able to serve them for another four years,” Davis said.
“I am absolutely pleased that the proportion of the people in Austintown felt that the three-person team has done the job that they have promised to do,” said Carano. “I admire the people who ran for the position. I’m looking forward to working with Jim and with Rev. [Rick] Stauffer for the next four years to continue keeping the quality of life in Austintown and trying to improve it.”
Boardman incumbents Brad Calhoun and Tom Costello received 6,427 and 5,947 votes, respectively. Challenger David Moliterno received 3,190 votes.
“It’s a great feeling, knowing that people have confidence in Tom and I,” Calhoun said. “I look forward to finishing some of the projects we’ve got going, and then starting some new projects.”
He said a top priority heading into his third term will be ensuring a smooth transition as a new police chief takes over in January.