Two newcomers and two incumbents took early leads Tuesday for the four open seats on Carlisle Village Council.
Incumbent councilmen Jake Fryman and Terry Johnson, along with newcomers Randal Jewett and Brad McIntosh, led the field of six candidates seeking four-year terms, according to unofficial, final results released by the Warren County Board of Elections.
Newcomer McIntosh was the leading vote-getter with 486 votes in the village’s three Warren County precincts and received 18 votes in the lone Montgomery County precinct.
Other candidates for Carlisle council were incumbent Councilman Bob Fehrmann and former mayor Tim Humphries.
McIntosh said he was very appreciative for all of the votes he received.
“I’m looking forward to getting in there and tackling issues so we can move Carlisle forward,” he said.
McIntosh identified the ongoing issue of the village’s budget as the top issue for council to address.
Johnson said that he appreciated the opportunity to continue to serve the village with a four-year term of his own. He took his seat that former mayor Tim Humphries appointed him to, but was challenged by the rest of council. It took a ruling from the Ohio Supreme Court that determined that Johnson was legally appointed and he took his seat in January 2012.
“I’m glad that those who won, won and I’m looking forward to working with them,” Johnson said. “We have a new council and it will be a good team to work for the village.”
Fryman said he was very excited about Tuesday’s victory.
“I’m glad the people of Carlisle gave me a shot at a full four-year term,” Fryman said.
He was appointed in May 2013 to complete the term of former councilman Scott Boschert.
As for the future, Fryman said council will need to continue following the village’s master plan as well as working to obtain more grants for the state and to improve Carlisle’s infrastructure.
Tuesday marked the second attempt of Humphries to be elected to council in as many years. He lost a re-election bid for mayor two years ago to Mayor Randy Winkler.
There may be one more opportunity for Humphries to serve on council. City officials said he is one of seven residents who are seeking to be appointed to Councilwoman Jennifer Long’s unexpired term which ends in 2015. Long, who has recently purchased a home outside the village limits, submitted her resignation in October that will be effective on Nov. 30. Council is slated to interview the applicants and make the appointment in early December.