CHAGRIN FALLS — With eight people running for seven seats on village council, someone had to lose, and by Tuesday night that was Robert Williams, a former councilman who was appointed to fill the vacancy left by Karl Maersch who resigned earlier this year.
Unofficial results from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections found Angela DeBernardo with the most votes, with 708 cast in her favor for the nonpartisan seat. Next was first-term Councilwoman Erinn Grube with 675.
New to local politics and in third place with 600 votes was Andrew Rockey, who pledged to find new opportunities for Chagrin Falls residents of his generation and improve communication between Village Hall and the people who live or work in the village.
He credited his wife Christina, family members, Bradley Street neighbors who encouraged him and a door-to-door shoe leather campaign, during which he called on between 65 and 75 percent of all village residents.
“I tried to meet as many people as possible and connect with them on a more personal level,” he said. “Not only did we talk about the current issues affecting the village (but) we connected on a personal level and I truly enjoyed that.”
He said he has attended various village government meetings, including council meetings and two capital expenditure sessions, to become acquainted with the workings of village government.
Mr. Rockey was followed closely by another first-time councilman but longtime resident Darren Wyville who received 595 votes. He did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The rest of the field of successful council candidates and their unofficial vote totals are Village Council President Nancy Rogoff, 532; Jan Evans, 504 and James Newell, 460. Mr. Williams received 416 votes.
Mayor William Tomko ran unopposed for a new four-year term. The 704 votes he received on Tuesday could be considered a vote of confidence.
Vote totals are unofficial until the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections certifies the election later this month.
In Chagrin Falls Township, two trustees – incumbent John Finley and appointed trustee Jennifer McKee – ran unopposed.
Ms. McKee ran to retain the seat left vacant when Brian Paul moved out of state this summer.
The township’s longtime fiscal officer Elizabeth Boles also ran unopposed.