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Citizens spoke, brought in two new faces

Jessica Cuffman • Nov 6, 2013 at 5:50 PM

After a year of turmoil on city water services, the voters have sent a message to Fremont politicians: They want to see change.

Independent Mike Koebel, a former councilman, upset incumbent Democrat Don Nalley for the First Ward seat in Tuesday’s election, according to unofficial Sandusky County results.

For a listing of all the election results click HERE

In the newcomer race in the Second Ward, Republican Kathy Stout took the seat over David Guardiola.

And in the three-way Fourth Ward race, current council member Bob Gross, recently appointed to the post, took the victory over independent Joe Michles and independent Tony Taylor.

In the contested treasurer’s race, incumbent Democrat Holly Elder reclaimed her seat over Republican challenger Richard Holland II, adding a second term to her six years already in office.

Koebel was certain from his door-to-door campaigns that he would come out of top.

He campaigned on two issues: reversing a city ordinance that allows gas-powered motor boats on the new reservoir, and preserving the Ballville Dam to possibly use for hydroelectricity to reduce raised water bills.

“The citizens spoke, I didn’t,” Koebel said.

One of his first tasks — if the current city council doesn’t do so before year’s end — will be to reverse the gas-powered boat ordinance.

“People don’t want the reservoir polluted, and that’s what got me elected,” he said.

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