Smith, Hardesty win Lima mayoral run-off, will duel in November

By Staff Reports -

LIMA — Sharetta Smith and Elizabeth Hardesty will battle in November to see who Lima’s next mayor will be.

With 1,028 absentee votes and 23 of 23 precincts counted, Smith led the way with 52.4% of the votes, while Hardesty had 34.51% of the votes.

In third place, Joshua Hayes had 8.8% of the votes, while Autumn Swanson was fourth with 4.2%. Polls closed at 7:30 p.m.

The top two vote-getters advanced to November’s general election. The position is open because Lima Mayor David Berger announced he wouldn’t run again after 32 years in office.

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