VANDALIA-BUTLER — The Vandalia City Council will remain unchanged after a challenge from a political newcomer.
Incumbents Mike Blakesly, Candice Farst, and David Lewis will retain their seats on the seven member council after holding off a challenge by Amber Aivalotis-Weaver. Blakesly was the top candidate with 2,183 votes with Farst just behind at 2,171 and Lewis with 2,071.
“I’m so grateful for all the votes I received from Vandalia residents,” said Aivalotis-Weaver. “I look forward to continuing my service to our hometown. Thank you and God Bless!”
In the other locally contested race, the Vandalia-Butler City Schools 6.99 renewal levy passed easily with 3,600 votes, or 62.07% for the levy and 2,200 votes, or 37.935 against the levy.
“On behalf of the Board of Education, the staff, and students of the Vandalia-Butler City Schools, we want to thank you, the voters and the community, for your positive support of this levy,” said Superintendent Rob O’Leary. “This levy will help continue student services and programs that were brought back when this levy was first passed in 2013. It will also give the District the Financial resources and stability to implement key initiatives from the Our students, Our community Strategic Plan. As always, we pledge to be responsible stewards of the District resources and will always endeavor that our schools reflect the values of this wonderful community. We Are Aviators!”
Butler Township Trustees Ken Betz and Mike Lang were running unopposed with Lang garnering 1,640 votes and Betz gaining 1,246 votes.
Likewise, the Vandalia-Butler Board of Education candidates were also running unopposed. In that race, Kent Zimmerman received 3,466 votes, Holly Herbst got 3,328 votes, and Melissa Pruszynski received 3,280 votes.
Montgomery County Issues 3 and 4, supporting the Human Services Levy and Sinclair Community College, each passed with wide margins of more than 45,000 votes each.
Issue 39, a bond issue and levy to support Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) was much closer with a margin of just over 2,200 votes, 52.51% to 47.49%.
On statewide ballot initiatives, Issue 1, which would give crime victims more rights, passed by a wide margin and was called early in the evening by multiple media outlets including the Associated Press.
Likewise, State Issue 2, a measure that would regulate some prescription drug prices, failed by a nearly 80-20 margin. The race was called early in the evening by multiple media outlets and supporters conceded defeat shortly after polls closed.
Reach Darrell Wacker at (937) 684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.