Auburn Voters Appear to Retain Eberly, Troyan in Tight Race
Experience ultimately might have mattered to Auburn Township voters in Tuesday’s tight election, with incumbent trustees John Eberly and Michael Troyan appearing to hold on to their seats, according to final unofficial results of the Geauga County Board of Elections.
“We ran as a team and spent less money on our campaign than our challengers,” said Troyan. “I’m proud of what we did in office and I’m proud of what we did in this election.”
When asked what made the difference, Eberly said most of the residents he talked to like living in the community and like the current low-key style of government.
“People don’t want the meetings videotaped,” Eberly, the race’s top vote-getter, said. “They want to come to a meeting and talk to us if they have a problem. They don’t want to be videotaped and they don’t want to read that they live in an undesirable community.”
According to Tuesday’s unofficial election results, Eberly received 24.09 percent (601) of the ballots cast and Troyan edged out challenger Karen Quay with 23.37 percent (583) of the votes to Quay’s 22.89 percent (571) of the votes.
Two other challengers, Brian Richter and Claudine Steinfurth, trailed far behind, with Richter capturing 18.08 of the votes cast (451) and Steinfurth only netting 11.58 percent (289).
What was different in this race?
“For eight years I ran in uncontested races,” Troyan said. “Facing challengers made it different for me.”
In addition to sending mailings to voters, Eberly and Troyan attended neighborhood meetings and teas.
“We got a positive response from those meetings,” Eberly said. “I think people recognize that we accomplished a lot over the past three years.”
Added Troyan, “I spent 10 years on the zoning board before running for trustee. I think you need that background of knowledge before running for a township seat.”
Reached before the votes were tabulated, Quay said she learned a great deal from her campaign experience.
“It’s been an adventure,” she said. “At the end of the day, there was so much interest in the race. With five candidates running for two seats, the public took notice. I would like to see more people attend the township meetings, be more involved and have a greater voice.”
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