GRAFTON TWP. — Voters elected to keep one incumbent on the ballot and vote one newcomer into office in the township trustees races that grew contentious over the past few months.
According to the unofficial results, incumbent Carl Wesemeyer led the four candidates vying for the two open seats on the township board of trustees with 29 percent of the vote. Newcomer Christie Homer-Miller finished second with 25 percent.
The other incumbent, John Kasinec, received 24 percent of the vote and challenger Andre Weigel received 22 percent.
“I’m very happy that the majority of the township people wanted me back,” Wesemeyer said. “Obviously, it shows that the direction I’ve been going seems to be the correct one.”
Homer-Miller said she’s excited about the opportunity.
“I was hopeful going into it, but you don’t know how it’s going to turn out, especially with all the drama we’ve had,” she said. “People feel very passionately, one way or the other, about the noise issues. I just didn’t know if people were going to read what was in the paper, or if they were going to get more information.
“I’m glad to see that the people got more information than what was just printed in advertisements or propaganda.”
The trustee race became more contentious than usual after trustees passed a noise ordinance in September in response to complaints about the noise level of concerts at The Jailhouse Taverne. The business made a heavy push to oust Wesemeyer and Kasinec from office in a campaign using newspaper ads and social media.
Both Wesemeyer and Homer-Miller hope the two sides can discuss the matter and reach a compromise.
“I have always wanted to talk this through,” Wesemeyer said. “As with any kind of conversation, you have to have both sides at the table. (Jailhouse Taverne) has been reluctant to come to the table with us. It’s very difficult for the trustees to do anything, as far as conversation, without everybody at the table.”
Homer-Miller said she doesn’t believe most people think The Jailhouse Taverne shouldn’t have any music at all, but she feels both sides need to come to some sort of “happy medium.”