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Incumbents lead field for Wellington council seats


WELLINGTON — Incumbents led the field of four candidates for three seats in the six-member Wellington Village Council.

Incumbent Gene Hartman received the most votes with 503, followed by incumbents Keith Rowland with 367 and William Bogan with 298. Stephen Boham came in last with 228 votes. All results are unofficial.

Hartman has been appointed to fill the remainder of a two-year term. This is his first time being elected to Village Council.

“I’m born and raised in Wellington, and it’s a humbling experience to get that vote of confidence from the people,” Hartman said. “When I do something, I go all the way. I prepare. I’m knowledgeable about the issues before Council and I try to represent the people that put me into place.”

Rowland also had been appointed to fill the remainder of a two-year term, which means it’s his first time being elected to Village Council, too.

“I’m more relieved than anything.” Rowland said. “I was a little nervous, which I guess is a good thing because then you know it means it’s important.”

Rowland said he felt like he was just starting to hit his stride when the opportunity to run for a four-year term came up.

“I’m just now starting to get the hang of how the system really works,” Rowland said. “We’re doing a lot of good things in the village, and I don’t want to see that end.”

The moment was bittersweet however, because while Rowland won, his father-in-law Boham was not as lucky.

“He would have done a good job,” Rowland said. “He loves Wellington and the community.”

Boham didn’t seem to take the loss hard.

“I want to wish congrats to all the other winners and I hope they do well,” Boham said. “I’m kind of relieved actually because I’m not a young person anymore.”

Contact Jodi Weinberger at 329-7245 or Follow her on Twitter @Jodi_Weinberger.

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