Clayton Mayor Joyce Deitering will remain as the city’s leader, besting three challengers in Tuesday’s election.
Deitering, who has been mayor since 2005, won by a comfortable margin.
“I want to thank the voters and I promise to continue to lead Clayton in a fiscally sound manner,” she said. “I will continue striving for prosperity for the city.”
Clayton City Councilwoman Beverly Smith had the second most votes in the mayoral race. Smith’s council term expires this year, so her defeat means she will no longer be a city official beginning next year.
Following Smith in third place was Councilman Kenneth Henning, whose council term expires in 2015.
Councilman Ray Slone Jr. was defeated in his second attempt to be mayor. His council term expires in 2015.
Current City Councilman Greg Merkle garnered the most votes in the council race. He was followed by Tina Kelly. Dennis Lieberman and Kevin Horvath are in a tight race for the third seat. Lieberman is leading by just nine votes, according to unofficial results
Merkle, who is an environmental health and safety specialist at Wright State University, is in his fourth year on council.
“I would hope to be able to meet the challenges and work to do what’s needed to be done for the city to move things forward and to help make the city prosperous,” Merkle said.
“I want to thank everybody who supported me and even those who didn’t support me. Hopefully they know they can count on me to do the best job I can.”
As the chairman emeritus for the Montgomery County Democratic Party and former member of the Montgomery County Board of Elections, a Lieberman win would add to his political resume.
“I am grateful for the support of the Clayton people. I hope that in the years to come I can earn their confidence in this position,” he said.
Lieberman is following in the footsteps of his wife, Debbie Lieberman, a Montgomery County Commissioner and former Clayton councilwoman.
Kelly is new to politics, having spent much of her career as a hair salon and day spa manager and esthetician.
“I just wanted to thank the voters of Clayton. I’m looking forward to working for the city and moving forward with the things that we need to achieve,” Kelly said.
Longtime Councilman Robert “Bob” Peters, who is facing misdemeanor criminal disorderly misconduct charges for allegedly fondling a Northmont City Schools administrative employee, came in last. A scheduling conference hearing in Vandalia Municipal Court for Peters, who has been on the council since 1978, has been set for Nov. 13.
Now that the campaigning is over, Deitering and the city council will have to focus their attention on finding a new city manager. The city’s former city manager, Dave Rowlands, resigned over the summer to take a similar job in California.