Melanie Leneghan ousted sitting Liberty Township trustee Bob Mann Tuesday. Mann is also the Delaware County Republican party chairman.
Leneghan, 46, was excited by the election results.
“Praise God,” Leneghan said. “He is faithful. He has given me a lot of strength through this. I also thank every single person who helped me.”
Leneghan took home 4,422 votes (58.58 percent), according to complete, but unofficial results. Mann garnered 3,127 votes (41.42 percent).
Mann said he thought his vote totals were hurt by being chairman of the Delaware County Republican Party given that Issue 2, the Senate Bill 5 collective bargaining referendum was on the ballot.
“I am leaving the community better off,” Mann said. “I congratulate my opponent and wish her well. I’ve been working for this community for a decade and will keep working to do what I can to keep it a good place to live.”
Leneghan is a businesswoman who spent 20 years in corporate America, spending the majority of her career as an account executive with Buhrmann Tetterode. Leneghan’s campaign focused on having a balanced board of trustees since all three sitting trustees are lawyers.
Leneghan earned her bachelor’s degree in business from The Ohio State University.
She serves on the Wedgewood Homeowners Association, volunteers at her children’s school and owns a small business in Liberty Township. Leneghan also served on the Powell-Liberty Bike Path and Liberty Township Speed Calming committees.
Leneghan has been married to her husband Patrick for 14 years, and they have two daughters, ages 11 and 7.
Gerber keeps fiscal officer seat
As for the fiscal officer race in Liberty Township, incumbent Mark Gerber brought home a win to keep his seat.
Gerber, 64, earned 4,040 votes (53.58 percent), according to complete, but unofficial results. His challenger, Peggy Guzzo, earned 3,500 votes (46.42 percent).
A 16-year Liberty Township resident, Gerber is finishing his first term as fiscal officer. His accomplishments include computerizing the township’s financial record-keeping and reducing health insurance costs.
Gerber founded a financial analysis and electricity market price forecasting firm in 1979 called M.S. Gerber & Associates, Inc., He served as its chief executive officer and CFO until he sold the company to an international firm in 2004.
Gerber earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a master’s degree and doctorate in nuclear engineering from The Ohio State University.
Gerber is married to his wife, Carole, and they have two grown daughters, Paige and Jess, and two grandchildren.