Incumbents to return as Perry trustees

PERRY TWP. – Incumbent Perry Township Trustees Don Kendrick and Don Rudibaugh won re-election to their posts Tuesday, beating back a challenge from a city councilman, the city council president and a former mayor and trustee.

Those city officials, both present and past, included current city Council President Mickey Cope Weaver, whose term ends Dec. 31, current First Ward City Councilman Dave Nestic, who council term doesn’t expire until 2015, and former Mayor and former Perry Township Trustee Jerry Wolford, who lost his bid for re-election for mayor two years ago.

According to complete, but unofficial results from the Columbiana County Board of Elections, Rudibaugh won the most votes in the five-way race for two seats, garnering 985 votes, or 23.59 percent of the total, followed by Kendrick with 973 votes, or 23.31 percent.

The other totals by order of finish were: Weaver, 854 votes, or 20.46 percent; Nestic, 844 votes, or 20.22 percent; and Wolford, 519 votes, or 12.43 percent.

“I wanted the job and I thank the voters for having confidence in me,” Kendrick said.

The 68-year-old retired businessman won re-election to his first full four-year term after serving three years of an unexpired term to which he was elected unopposed after first being appointed.

This was his first real race. He’s also been serving as the zoning officer for four years.

Kendrick said he’s glad everything’s staying the same and appreciates all the voters who came out and voted.

“I’ll continue doing a good job for the township,” he said.

Rudibaugh couldn’t be reached for comment about the results. The 72-year-old retired banker who still works in the treasurer’s office at the Canfield Fair will begin his second four-year term with the township in January.

Weaver when contacted offered thanks to anyone who supported her and wished everybody well in their new assignments.

“Apparently they want no change and that’s okay,” she said regarding the decision of the voters.

She did say she hoped the trustees consider the health insurance issue. She suggested during her campaign that they do away with health insurance coverage for the trustees as a cost-saving measure.

She said Kendrick and Rudibaugh are good people. She wished them well and said they worked hard. The loss ends the 71-year-old city resident’s elected public service since she’ll be vacating her council president seat at the end of the year, but she said she’ll still remain active in the community.

Nestic, 54, said it was a good race.

“The incumbents do a good job and I wish them the best,” he said. “I will keep my nose to the grindstone with council work.”

During his campaign, he focused on economic development and getting the township more involved, which is something he said he’ll still try to work on from the city side.

Wolford, 74, could not be reached for comment.