AMHERST — Amherst Council has a new president — a longtime councilwoman who challenged the incumbent –— who will preside over a panel of familiar faces.
According to unofficial election results, former Councilwoman Jennifer Wasilk, a Republican, has a new title — Council president. She beat incumbent Democrat John Dietrich, 1,873 to 1,223, or 60 percent to 40 percent.
Wasilk said the first item on her agenda will be “to maintain the good relationships with the mayor and others in administration.”
All eight Council seats were up for election. The only other change was the election of Republican Matthew Nahorn, who defeated Democrat Martin Heberling III in the 4th Ward seat formerly held by Wasilk. Percentagewise that race was nearly a dead heat — Nahorn collected 399 votes to Heberling’s 392 — which could trigger a recount.
In other races
- 1st Ward Councilman Brian Dembinski, a Democrat, retained his seat by defeating Republican challenger Bradley A. Lacko, 444 to 322, or 58 percent to 42 percent.
- 2nd Ward Councilman Ed Cowger, the Republican incumbent, retained his seat, defeating Democratic challenger Angie W. Schubert, 454 to 357, or 56 to 44 percent.
- 3rd Ward Councilman Chuck Winiarski, a Republican, was unopposed.
- The three incumbent Council at-large members — Democrat David Janik, Democrat Joe Miller and Republican Phil Van Treuren — were unchallenged.
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