CUYAHOGA FALLS — In the five-candidate City Council At Large race for two spots, one incumbent and a former Council member emerged as the winners.
Democratic challenger Tim Gorbach garnered 5,470 votes, and Republican incumbent Jeff Iula received 5,082, to earn the two spots. Meanwhile, Democratic challenger Gary DeRemer earned 4,782 votes, Independent incumbent Carol Ann Klinger tallied 3,995 and Republican challenger John Chapman had 2,630.
Gorbach is returning to Council after serving for several years in the 2000s.
“I was fortunate to be a small part of a wonderful slate of candidates,” said Gorbach. “Having not been on the ballot for 12 years, and last serving on Council ten years ago, it feels tremendous that so many residents still support and trust me to serve them again. It is a responsibility that I have always taken very seriously. I look forward to working on behalf of all of our residents to continue the positive momentum created and led by Mayor Walters and his dedicated administration.”
Klinger, who has served as a Republican At-Large member since 1998, but ran as an Independent, stated, “It has been my honor to serve the residents of Cuyahoga Falls for 24 years. I’m am looking forward to serving the community with the Cuyahoga Falls Rotary Club and other non-profit organizations. I hope for the best for the new Counselors and our city.”
DeRemer thanked people who cast ballots.
“This was my first time running for the whole city,” said DeRemer. “It was a great experience. Congratulations to Tim Gorbach and Jeff Iula.”
DeRemer said there is a lot happening in the city and added he hoped to be involved in other ways.
Chapman noted it was hard for him to “sum up” his reaction to the election results.
“It doesn't matter if you finish last or first,” added Chapman. “When you are fighting for the things you believe in the campaign never ends.”
"I'd like to thank all the voters that helped me get re-elected," said Iula, who also thanked his family and fellow Council members for helping him with his campaign.
Iula, a Republican, said he would like "to thank the Ohio Democratic Party for sending out my [literature]. It helped me tremendously."
Iula was referring to a flier sent out by the Ohio Democratic Party that was critical of him.