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Newcomers, incumbents win

Caroline Kingsley, The Park Record

Summit County Councilor Claudia McMullin won her re-election bid in Seat B, while newcomers Roger Armstrong and Kim Carson captured the other seats on Tuesday’s ballot.

The unofficial election results reveal tight races between Republican Max Greenhalgh and Democrat Armstrong for Seat A, and Republican Pollard and Democrat McMullin for Seat B.

Armstrong won the Seat A race by 249 votes, or 1.62 percentage points. Armstrong, a political newcomer, said Greenhalgh was a tough opponent and people had to trust that he has a vision and the skills to help the county move forward.

"Hopefully that’s reflective in the vote," Armstrong said. "Now the work probably starts tomorrow. The budget is something that’s going to be really important, especially with the repeal of the tax increases. So it’s going to be hard work to try to figure out how to take care of what we need to take care of with the budget we have."

Claudia McMullin won the Seat B race by 173 votes, or 1.11 percentage points. While McMullin said she was pleased with the results, they were tighter than she would want to see again as a Democrat in Summit County.

"We’ll just do a better job and in 2015, we’ll kill it," McMullin said. "We do have a new council but I am confident they are going to feel the same way we do, which is to be as fiscally conservative as possible in trying financial times, while providing the best services we can to our constituents."

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Carson initially ran for Seat C against Republican Duane Schmidt. He announced Oct. 8 that he would be dropping out of the race due to health reasons. He was later disqualified for failing to submit his campaign financial reports. The same day Schmidt announced he was dropping out of the race, Jacqueline Smith filed as a Seat C write-in candidate.

Carson won with a landslide of 7,255 votes, or 69.86 percent, over the write-in votes. It seems likely Smith received many of the write-in votes.Carson said she’s excited she was successful and that the election is over.

"I’ve been attending the meetings almost on a weekly basis since I filed for office so that won’t change between now and when I’m sworn in in January," Carson said. "I’ll also have the opportunity to be involved in some of the budget discussions. That’s going to be an incredible challenge, so I’m just ready to get to work."

Voter turn out on Tuesday was 64.28 percent. It was up 1.74 percentage points from the last presidential election in 2008, 15.48 percentage points up from the 2010 election and 48.64 percentage points up from the 2011 municipal election, when only 15.64 percent of registered Summit County voters cast ballots.

Greenhalgh and Smith did not return phone calls, and Pollard declined to comment.