South Point elects new council membersPublished 12:44am Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Four spots were available for South Point Village Council and Tuesday the voters filled those in a crowded and tight race.
The race, which included 10 candidates, also featured a come-from-behind win, and all but one candidate receiving triple figure votes.
With 68 of the 84 precincts reporting, Mary Cogan looked to be well out of the race, but managed to climb from getting 9 percent of the votes to receiving 13.46 percent and claiming one of the four spots. Cogan says she’s excited to start serving the people of South Point.
“I’m happy and excited that the people of South Point have selected me for council,” Cogan said. “I can’t wait to get to work, and I promise I will do the very best for the South Point.”
Two incumbents were on the ballot, but only Chris Smith was able to retain his position on the village council. Smith says he wants to thank the people for their confidence in him.
“I just want to say that I appreciate the people of South Point for their support and their confidence in me,” he said. “I hope that I can work with the others who were elected and the two who are already on the council to continue to make our village a better place to live.”
Eric Rawlins was the top vote getter as he claimed nearly 18 percent of the votes cast. Rawlins credits the support of his friends and family for his successful campaign.
“I want to thank the people of South Point and I want them to know that I will work extremely hard for them and with them. I had a wonderful support group. My family and friends, a special thanks really goes out to them,” Rawlins said. “My wife has been there with me through this whole thing, and I also want to give a special thank you to Jim Davidson, Mark Moore and Mark Winkler for all the work they did.”
The race was close with four candidates separated by just over three percent for a seat on the council. Michael Lynd, Jim Payne, and Danny Smith all narrowly missed out on being elected.
Candidate David Moore, who was unavailable for comment as of presstime, filled the fourth spot.