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Teamwork pays off for Democrats on council

November 9, 2011
By Sam Shawver - The Marietta Times ( , The Marietta Times

It was a banner day for Democrats as the local party's candidates filled six of the seven Marietta City Council seats, as well as the council president's post, during Tuesday's general election.

"We started in March to put this team together and the party made a real sweep tonight," said Walt Brothers, who won the council president seat with 54.23 percent of the vote over Republican challenger Josh Schlicher.

"We have to continue to work together as a council-and this is something I've done all of my professional life," he said.

The biggest upset Tuesday night came for two-term Republican 1st Ward Councilman David White, who lost his bid for re-election to Democrat Roger Kalter with 58 percent of the vote.

"But I'm not leaving town," White said Tuesday night.

"When one door closes, another opens," he said. "I'm not sure where that will lead, so I don't know what might be next. But I felt my campaign was a good one."

Incumbent councilman Mike McCauley, D-2nd Ward, took 64.87 percent of the vote and reclaimed his seat over Republican Randy Wilson.

Democrat Steve Thomas gained the 3rd Ward council seat by a 51.95 percent vote over Republican opponent Debbie Scott.

It was Thomas' first bid for public office.

"It feels great," he said. "All of our hard work has paid off."

Thomas said the win was a surprise.

"I didn't know which way it would go but I had a lot of support from the Democratic Party and my wife, Teresa, was very supportive," he said. "She's my rock."

At-large incumbent Democrat council members Harley Noland and Denver Abicht reclaimed their seats, while current Marietta Mayor Michael Mullen, who ran as an Independent, took the third at-large council seat.

Noland had 22.27 percent of the vote, followed by Mullen with 21.59 percent, and Abicht with 17.22 percent of the vote.

All three won over Republican Dianne Crandall with 16.15 percent; Republican Glen McCabe, Jr., with 13.95 percent; and Independent Michael Boersma with 8.81 percent of the vote.

Councilman Tom Vukovic, D-4th Ward, was unchallenged in this year's race but worked to get his fellow Dems elected.

"We've been working to build this group for the last six or seven months," he said. "We worked to build a coalition of candidates that had the best interests of the city in mind.

"We're not a group of politicians-we're all good workers," Vukovic added.



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