Ousted Middletown council member plans another run for office

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Ousted Middletown council member plans another run for office

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Despite her loss Tuesday to retain a seat on Middletown City Council, Vice Mayor Dora Bronston said she plans to run again in two years, possibly for mayor. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Despite her loss Tuesday to retain a seat on Middletown City Council, Vice Mayor Dora Bronston said she plans to run again in two years, possibly for mayor.

Newcomer Ami Vitori was the leading vote-getter Tuesday for one of two open seats on Middletown City Council.

Vitori received 33.8 percent of the vote in Butler County for a four-year term and just under 33.5 percent of the vote in Warren County, according to unofficial, final results.

Former councilman Joe Mulligan was elected to a new four-year term after completing his previous term two years ago. Mulligan received 31.6 percent of the vote in Butler County and 32.7 percent in Warren County, according to unofficial, final results.

Bronston said Vitori and Mulligan benefited from their well-known family names in the community.

She was asked about the low voter turnout in the Second Ward, which historically supports African-American candidates. Bronston said about 10 percent of the city’s registered voters live in the Second Ward and to win, she has to receive support from many precincts.

Vitori received support from Middletown voters throughout the city. She received the most votes in 20 precincts and tied with Mulligan in one precinct, according to the Butler County Board of Elections.

Mulligan won 11 precincts and Bronston won three.

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