NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Republicans once again swept the city’s Council at-large race.
According to the unofficial results, Kevin Corcoran, Michelle Hung and Martin DeVries were elected over Democrats Jerry Armstrong, Lawrence Kamenec and Ray McLaughlin.
Council president Corcoran, the only incumbent on the ballot, was the top vote-getter, receiving 3,460, or 23 percent of the vote. Hung received 2,989 votes, 20 percent, and DeVries received 2,628, or 17 percent.
Armstrong led the Democrats with 2,243, or 15 percent, and McLaughlin received 2,171 votes, or 14 percent. Kamenec received 1,736 votes, or 11 percent.
“I’m always happy to see that people believe in me and trust in me to vote me in as the top vote-getter,” Corcoran said. “These elections are tough because you never know really how you stand with people until election time. It’s nice to see that they’re supportive of me and they think I’m doing a good job.”
DeVries was knocked out of the Republican primary by just two votes in 2013, which makes winning this year even more special, he said.
“I’m looking forward to helping the city grow and working with the mayor’s administration as well as the members of City Council,” he said. “I’ve been part of this community for a long time, and I’m really excited to be a part of the future.”
All three Republican candidates attributed their victory to hard work.
“I think we worked hard,” said Hung, a newcomer to the political scene. “I think that just getting out and talking with the people let the people know we care and we’re listening.”
Hung and DeVries will replace Republicans Roseanne Johnson and Bernadine Butkowski on City Council. Johnson decided to not run for another term, while Butkowski was defeated in the May primary election.