Wilmington council: Swindler, Liermann, Williams winners; for Blan board, it’s Wilson, Williams and Gephart

By John Hamilton - and Tom Barr - News Journal

WILMINGTON — Wilmington City Council will soon see some new faces at their meetings following Tuesday’s election.

Incumbent members Kelsey Swindler and Bill Liermann along with newcomer Tyler Williams were elected to the three available At-Large seats on council. Michael Allbright defeated sitting 2nd Ward Councilmember Lonnie Stuckert.

Kristi Fickert was unopposed in her campaign for the 3rd Ward seat, as were Jonathan McKay in 1st Ward and and Matt Purkey in 4th Ward.

Swindler said she is looking forward to her second term. “I feel humbled by the support in the community,” she said.

Williams, who won one of three At-Large seats, said he felt honored to be chosen by the voters to represent them.

“It was certainly a great race, we had some great conversations with voters and even with the other candidates,” said Williams.

Allbright commended Stuckert for a great race. “The manner in which we both chose to run the race speaks volumes on how races should be run. There was no tension between us and I appreciate that from him,” Allbright said.

Allbright stated he will be a good steward of the taxpayers’ dollars. He also thanked voters for braving the weather.

Current At-Large Councilmember Mark McKay will take over President of Council duties after defeating Loren Stuckert in the Republican Primary in May.

For the Wilmington City Schools Board of Education, Marty Beaugard, Larry Roberts II, and Steve Murphy will keep their seats with Kevin Snarr winning back his spot against sitting member Patrick Zerby.

“I’m very excited. I’m just honored by the confidence of the school district and I’m looking forward to guiding the district and continuing great things,” said Snarr.

In another hotly contested local race with nine candidates running for three Blanchester school board seats, the winners were Kyle Wilson, Mike Williams and Kathy Gephart.





By John Hamilton

and Tom Barr

News Journal