February 19, 2013
Voters re-elected all four Delaware City Council members seeking re-election Tuesday. The closest race was between incumbent Joe DiGenova and challenger Robert Hoffman, a former councilman.
DiGenova pulled ahead for the Third Ward seat with a 52 to 48 percent vote, according to complete but unofficial results with the Delaware County Board of Elections. A total of 1,565 people cast ballots in the race.
The second closest race was between incumbent Andrew Brush and first-time campaigner Larry Garrett for the fourth ward seat; voters re-elected Brush by a 63 to 37 percent vote. A total of 2,331 ballots were cast.
Aside from Chris Jones, who, unchallenged, won 100 percent of the 2,054 votes, incumbent Lisa Keller was re-elected by the greatest margin: 75 to 25 percent, with 2,343 ballots cast. She ran against Jim Roberts, who was running for political office for the first time.
DiGenova said he had not expected his race to be so close, and suspected that many of the new third-ward residents were not familiar with his involvement in the city.
“They don’t know all I’ve done in 20 years, and I think that had a lot of bearing on it,”DiGenova said.
After securing his re-election, DiGenova listed five goals for council to accomplish in the next four years: finalizing the 2012 budget; work on a team for economic development, construct a new fire station on the northwest side of town and planning for another, update and meet mandates for a newer water treatment plant and have the Delaware Place development at the former Delaware Hotel site operating in 2013.
“We have a big job ahead of us,” DiGenova said.
Brush also cited economic development as a goal for the next four years. He said he would like to pursue the creation of a business incubator in the city.
“I’m not sure if it’s something that will work here, but it’s something I’d like to explore and something I plan to explore,” Brush said.
Keller said she is looking forward to continuing work on the Houk Road park and “finding creative ways to work within our budgetary restrictions.”
DiGenova has served on city council for about 20 years and has served on every city committee in that time. He is currently part of the city’s finance committee and planning commission.
Brush has been on council since 2007 and serves on the finance committee, MORPC Policy Committee, historic preservation commission and Main Street Delaware.
Keller has been on council for the past three years and serves on the public works committee.
Jones has sat on council since 2010, following the death of councilman Jim Moore.