Murray, Brady, Twine win

City commissioner incumbents Cole, Hamilton, challengers Ferguson, Schell all lose.
Andy Ouriel
Nov 6, 2013
Two former Sandusky city commissioners will return to their posts, having trounced their competitors at the polls Tuesday.

A third candidate with no political experience grabbed the third remaining spot, squeaking by with a narrow victory.

City residents elected Dennis Murray Jr., Dick Brady and Naomi Twine into office, according to unofficial results.

They’ll replace ex officio mayor John Hamilton, Diedre Cole, who both lost in Tuesday’s election, and Pervis Brown, whose term ends Dec. 31.

The three candidates also defeated challengers Scott Schell and Patricia Ferguson.    

Murray secured about 27 percent of the total vote, more than any other candidate. He said he’s pumped up to return.

Voters elected Murray, a partner in the Murray & Murray law firm, to become a city commissioner in 2005. In 2009 he became a state representative for four years.

His top priority as he returns to the commission: address Sandusky’s $1 million shortfall in the $16 million annual operating budget come early next year.

“I’m looking forward to being back and being involved in Sandusky’s government,” Murray said. “Immediately, we have to deal with the budget crisis that no one has been talking about. That’s been the problem with city government during the past two years: Nobody is talking.”

Watch video of Murray on election night and his plans for his return to office in the player below

Brady, who served one year as a commissioner in 2012 when he filled a vacant seat, is a local entrepreneur and owner of Brady Sign and Brady Electric. He said he wants to partner with neighboring communities and local governments so Sandusky can become more efficient and save taxpayer dollars.

“I believe the commission that is going to take office on Jan. 1 is going to set the city in a new direction,” Brady said. “We are going to create a vision.”

Watch video of Brady on election night and his plans for his return to office in the player below

Twine, an Ohio Veterans Home administrative assistant, has some experience with city government. She heads up the city’s human relations commission, whose volunteers handle problems residents may have with city officials or services.

Twine’s campaign centered on fixing Sandusky’s finances as well.

“We need to look at the budget and come up with a strategic plan so we can move the city forward,” she said.

Each commissioner won a four-year term, for which they’ll earn about $5,200 a year.

Cole, who tried to win re-election as a write-in candidate, was disappointed with the loss.

“I didn’t campaign, I didn’t put up any signs, I did it at the last minute,” Cole said. “I feel people need to put food on the table rather than give me money.”

Since taking office in 2010, Cole has been the most vocal city commissioner, acting as the board’s watchdog while exposing malfeasance, negligence and mishandling of public funds.

Watch video of Cole from election night in the player below

Comments

sandusky2012

Now lets see these people hold ard accountable or FIRE her A@@

Justme...

It seems like Cole either took her support for granted, or really didn't want to be a commissioner anymore.

lor70

YAY! Now let's see what happens with the city manager situation!

sugar

More freaking liberal attorneys, no wonder this city sucks. Maybe Murray will get another sweet deal on some waterfront property.

Julie R.

Why does everybody think this is such a big "change" for Sandusky? Wasn't Murray a city commissioner when the expensive Nuesse fiasco started and didn't Brady take over for Nuesse when she resigned as a city commissioner? The only new one is Naomi Twine and it says she has no political experience. Better hope that doesn't mean she's easily led or goes along to get along.

pavedparadise

And Brady brought us City Manager Ard. It is what it is and Sandusky will have to deal with it.

BEHAPPY

As for one of the winners..........."yuck". Sorry but just YUCK!

SamAdams

In fairness, friends and neighbors, we didn't exactly have a stellar slate of candidates from which to choose! While I'm delighted to see that Cole will no longer be on the Commission (why is a woman who can't pay her OWN bills one of those charged with the oversight of a multi-million dollar budget), I frankly don't hold out a lot of hope that much will change for the better with the new faces on board.

I don't think I'm wrong about that conclusion, but would dearly love to learn otherwise. Go ahead, Mr. Murray, Mr. Brady, Ms. Twine: PROVE ME WRONG! I DARE you!

Fireside

VERY happy with this election. Mayor Murray, Vice mayor Brady, Twine, Grohe will hopefully form the new "ruling majority". Their leadership will right this ship.