Four Seats Filled in Middlefield Village Race
Voters elected Ron Wiech, Bill Blue, Scott Klein and Rick Seyer to fill four seats on Middlefield Village Council in Tuesday’s election, according to unofficial results from the Geauga County Board of Elections.
All four incumbents returned to their seats for another four-year term. Challengers Brandon Reed and Edna Davis were unable to unseat them.
The village contains 1,752 voters in two separate precincts, according to the Geauga County Board of Elections.
Wiech has served on several village committees and on the Ohio Department of Transportation executive leadership and steering committees.
He said his first step to making the village marketable is the village’s recently launched website, Middlefield Means Business. Nurturing a skilled workforce is another step toward keeping the village successful, he added.
“I am humbled and honored to be re-elected,” said Wiech, who like most local candidates was following election results online.
Blue, first elected to village council in 2008, said his problem-solving skills and teamwork philosophy have served him well as an account manager in manufacturing and working with council.
“I’m very honored to have won again. The voters put their trust in me to help them over the next four years,” Blue said. “It’s the same group, but I wish them all the best as well.”
Klein was elected to council in both 2005 and 2008, and also served as chairman of the village’s planning and zoning commission for seven of the nine years he has been a member.
After learning he won re-election, the first thing he did was remove his election signs from various locations around town.
“As soon as the polls closed, I did that,” he said. “I think it’s neat the four incumbents were all re-elected. People in the village are appreciative of the job we are doing. I love this village.”
Seyer said he has been involved in local government for more than 28 years. His most recent position has been councilman since 2009.
“I want to thank the voters for allowing me the opportunity to represent them for the next four years,” Seyer said. “We have a dynamic new mayor (Ben Garlich) that came in two years ago. I’m glad to be a part of the next four years.”
The remaining two candidates, Edna Davis and Brandon Reed, gained 13.1 and 14.9 percent of the vote, respectively. The winning candidates each garnered between 15.0 and 19.2 percent in the close race.
Davis served Geauga County as a commissioner from 1981 to 1993 and was on Middlefield Village Council from 1997 to 2009. Although she lost, she said she was proud she worked hard on her campaign.
“I guess folks didn’t think I could do a good job,” Davis said.
Reed could not be reached for comment.
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