TWINSBURG — Twinsburg’s mayor recently said that "the last four years have been challenging, but I could not picture myself doing anything else."

Mayor Ted Yates will continue to serve another term as mayor after Twinsburg voters selected him for his second term at the Nov. 5 general election. Yates won against Brian Steele, the current Ward 2 councilman. According to unofficial results from the Summit County Board of Elections, Yates received 2,930 votes, or around 57% of the vote, versus Steele’s 2,181 votes, or around 43%.

"I love serving this community and helping make Twinsburg a better place to live, work and play," Yates said. "I know sometimes we have different definitions of ‘progress,’ but those differences help make Twinsburg unique and special."

Yates added he is looking forward to the upcoming term.

"I am excited about what we can accomplish in the next four years. I have a cohesive council that respects each other’s differences and is willing to reach across the table in order to spur positive growth and unity," he said. "I am confident we will work together productively. And, I am fortunate to be surrounded by dedicated and talented department heads and employees who are committed to keeping Twinsburg safe and beautiful for all our residents."

Steele said that he respected "the decision of the voters."

"I congratulate Mayor Yates on his win," Steele said. "I still believe our city faces financial challenges in the near future. I thank the voters who supported me and ask that they continue to hold Mayor Yates and City Council accountable for the way they are spending the taxpayers’ money."

The new mayoral term begins Dec. 1.

Reporter April Helms can be reached at 330-541-9423, ahelms@recordpub.com, or @AprilKHelms_RPC