Voters make a few changes on councils

LISBON – With three challengers and three incumbents running for four seats on Lisbon Village Council, residents had a chance to make some changes or give a vote of confidence to those who were already serving.

When unofficial election results came in Tuesday, residents tapped the three incumbents – Joe Morenz (22.37 percent), Tom Darcy (18.12 percent), Roger Gallo (16.44 percent) – and added Cheryl Mills (16.28 percent).

Jeff Elliot, who decided not to run again for the Lisbon Board of Education to seek a council seat instead, received 14.84 percent of the votes, followed by Julie Hilliard with 11.95 percent.

In East Palestine voters also decided to keep the same three village council members, leaving challenger Mark Walker without a seat.

Incumbents James Tyger, Donald Elzer and Alan Cohen all retained their seats for the next four years with Cohen receiving the largest percentage of the votes 30.56. Cohen was appointed initially to his seat after former councilman Scott Rauch had resigned.

Tyger received 27.29 percent, followed by Donald Elzer with 23.02 percent. Walker received 19.13 percent of votes.

In Salineville, eight people ran for four village council seats and retired Lisbon police chief John Higgins received the most votes with 19.42 percent. He was followed by Brian L. Tedeschi with 16.93 percent, village Clerk Nancy Needham with 15.37 percent and James Wilson with 14.12 percent.

Not receiving a nod were Brian A. Zaverl, who had 13.4 percent; incumbent Rick Beadle, who was sixth with 10.49 percent; Shirley Roberts with 6.75 percent and Amy L. Earich, who received the lowest total with 3.53 percent.

In Leetonia, one incumbent, Danny Fire, retained his seat, while another incumbent, Daniel P. Summers, did not. Kevin Siembida received the most votes 28 percent in a race where five were vying for four seats. Fire followed with 20.03 percent, Sue Buchanan with 19.95 percent and Chris Earl with 16.45 percent.

Summers, who has been on council for the past 12 years and is currently serving as president, received 15.57 percent of the votes.