July 25, 2014

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Election results: Incumbent ousted in Lodi, four re-elected in Westfield

LODI — Letha Mapes, Patricia K. May and Cecelia Sivard will join Patricia Graham on Lodi Village Council, unseating incumbent John Carpenter.

In Westfield Center, all the incumbents won re-election Tuesday.

Lodi

Carpenter has been on Council since 2009 and hoped for a second term to continue a plan of fiscal conservatism.

He had no comment Tuesday night.

Graham is an eight-year incumbent who has served on all committees, chaired the parks committee and streets and sidewalks committee, and has been on the safety committee since her election.

Graham said she was preoccupied with a family matter Tuesday night but did offer a brief statement of gratitude for being returned to office.

“I would like to thank the voters for re-electing me,” she said.

Mapes, a licensed practical nurse and office manager for Dr. Patrick Naples in Medina, was on Council for two years before resigning in 2011.

“I’m just very happy that I won and we’ve got a lot of work to do,” she said. “They know that I do care about Lodi and they know where I’m coming from.”

Mapes’ husband, Larry, also won the race for an open seat on the Lodi Board of Public Affairs over incumbent Karl Hagelin by a vote of 305-205, according to unofficial final results from the Medina County Board of Elections.

Patricia K. May, a licensed massotherapist and a registered nurse of 41 years, said she wants to keep families in the village and stimulate business growth.
She could not be reached for comment late Tuesday night.

Sivard, administrative assistant in a family-owned business, Security Services and Sales in Seville, ran for village treasurer about 10 years ago but lost.
Tuesday was a different story.

“I’m pleased and I’m looking forward to serving the people of the Village of Lodi,” she said. “I think it shows that there are a lot of people that really do care and we all have the same thing in mind as far as working together and fixing some things to make Lodi a better place to live.”

Westfield Center

All four incumbents held on to their seats on Westfield Center Council against lone challenger Keith Rych, according to final unofficial results from the Board of Elections.

All four incumbents claimed about 20 percent or better, but Rych couldn’t break 16 percent.

Rych also lost a bid for Council in 2011. The commercial business banker at FirstMerit Bank is president of the Westfield Fire District Association and chairman of Westfield Township’s Zoning Board of Appeals.

Darryl Chidsey, president pro-tem, has been on Council since 2006, serving as chairman for the last two years. He won re-election with the largest share of the vote, 22.24 percent.

Terrence Bittner also was elected to a third term and lauded his colleagues for a job that he says is well done — so far.

“I think there’s a lot of continuity in this, which speaks well to the direction the village is headed in and people want to see it continue in that direction,” he said.

Gregory A. Oakes claimed his fifth term since an appointment to Council in 1997.

He has been a member of the finance committee since 2007, has had several other committee chairmanships and was president pro-tem from 2007-2008.

“I think it’s just and indication that the residents of the village like the current strategic direction the Council is taking,” he said.

Oakes said building on what Council has started is important to him, namely the expansion of the new village park and ballfields and infrastructure needs like salt storage and vehicle maintenance facilities.

Patricia A. Edington is Council’s longest serving member with 21 years and she said she wants to keep the ship going full ahead, especially with the park project.

“We have been a team for quite a while, we have a lot of things on the drawing board, there’s a lot of activity in the park ahead of us, and we have to be very careful with the money knowing we can pay our bills,” she said.

Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or dpompili@medina-gazette.com.