LIMA — There were some election night surprises in the 2nd and 4th Ward Lima council races Tuesday.
In the 2nd Ward, Tony Wilkerson unseated incumbent Sam McLean, 378 to 226. In the 6th Ward, Peggy Ehora defeated incumbent Rebecca Kreher by a 565-to-314 vote. Derry Glenn held on to his 6th Ward council seat by beating Cleven Jones, 268 to 207.
Wilkerson is ready to go to work.
“I want to get out and at least thank the people who voted for me and hopefully the ones who didn’t vote me getting them to understand I’m representing them as well,” Wilkerson said.
Wilkerson says he plans to have quarterly meetings in his ward to hear their concerns.
Supporters were ready for a change.
“He’s all about the community. The fact that he’s from Lima, grew up in Lima, I think that helps. It was just time for a change,” said Danielle Thompson, who voted for Wilkerson.
Wilkerson indicated an appreciation for his opponent, Sam McLean.
“I have the most respect for Sam and his family and the campaign they ran,” Wilkerson said.
Ehora, who is external affairs manager for Dominion Energy Ohio, said she’s also ready to get to work for the 4th Ward.
“It’s important to address the housing integrity issue,” Ehora said. “I think it’s important to work on the division in government. I would like to see relationships be better than they are. Obviously, economic development will always be big for me because that’s what I do for a living, so I feel I have some ideas.”
The only incumbent to keep his job, Derry Glenn, was pleased with the outcome. This will be Glenn’s fifth term on Lima council.
“I feel really good right now,” he said. “First of all, thank God. We show that God comes first, and I think I got a lot of healing to do in the ward. It was a very, very messy election. I’m just so happy right now. The people spoke that they continue to see what kind of work I do that I’m always going to be a people person.”
His supporters also appreciated the job he’s done.
“He’s taken care of some things in the neighborhood for us in the past, and he was on top of it,” said voter Teresa Cowan. “He was also willing to get out there and talk to most of the people in our ward.”
Carma Richardson, another voter, added, “For me, Glenn seems to jump in there, and he seems to fight for the same issues that we’re concerned about.”
Voters also re-elected John Nixon as Lima’s council president. A challenger, Josiah Matthews, dropped out of the race in September but remained on the ballot. Nixon bested Matthews, 1965 to 1094.
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