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Pohlman, Fiehrer, Vaughn win 3 Hamilton City Council seats

He said he was excited, shocked and overwhelmed to not only be elected to the council, but also to become the vice mayor. He was looking forward on visiting his 93-year-old father to tell him, “I did it.”

Pohlman captured 19.6 percent of the votes, ahead of Council Member Carla Fiehrer, with 17.4 percent, followed by challenger Susan Vaughn, who received 15 percent. Those were the three who were elected to the council for four-year terms, joining Mayor Pat Moeller and council members Michael Ryan, Tim Naab and Robert Brown on the seven-member panel.

Behind them were Council Member Matt Von Stein, with 13.9 percent; student Danny Ivers with 12.4 percent; former council member Archie Johnson, with 11.3 percent; Operation Pumpkin founder Jason Snyder, 7.5 percent; and Casey Hume, 3 percent.

Pohlman said he also learned a lot about Hamilton during the campaign, and was most impressed by how courteous and kind to him all the other candidates were. So much so, he said, that, “It really makes you proud to be part of this little town,” he said. “I respect every candidate that ran this year.”

Pohlman easily led all night over the field of eight candidates who sought three Hamilton City Council seats, according to unofficial results from the Butler County Board of Elections.

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Pohlman captured 19.6 percent of the votes, ahead of Council Member Carla Fiehrer, with 17.4 percent, followed by challenger Susan Vaughn, who received 15 percent. Those were the three who were elected to the council for four-year terms, joining Mayor Pat Moeller and council members Michael Ryan, Tim Naab and Robert Brown on the seven-member panel.

Behind them were Council Member Matt Von Stein, with 13.9 percent; student Danny Ivers with 12.4 percent; former council member Archie Johnson, with 11.3 percent; Operation Pumpkin founder Jason Snyder, 7.5 percent; and Casey Hume, 3 percent.

The eight are seeking three seats, aided by the fact that Council Member Kathleen Klink did not seek re-election.

Pohlman, 56, founded Eric’s Auto & Tire Service 22 years ago, and after 40 years in the auto service industry with his family and own company, retired Jan. 1. The 1981 Stephen T. Badin High School graduate also attended D. Russel Lee, where he studied auto-body repair. He pleadged to be an advocate for business owners when he announced his candidacy.

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Vaughn, the other future newcomer, also was delighted with her first election.

“My first thought is it’s really an honor for me to serve with the people that are on city council — the newly elected, and the ones that are already there — and with all the city leaders,” she said. “I’m still kind of numb that I am going to have this opportunity to work with them, and to continue the momentum in Hamilton, to take us great places.”

Fiehrer, 64, won a fourth four-year term with a candidacy that promised to continue the city’s recent progress. She also promised a bigger emphasis on the city’s 17 neighborhoods.

Vaughn, 68, retired in August, 2018, as director of Miami University’s Office of Ethics and Student Conflict Resolution, from which she oversaw student discipline. She is a 1969 Ross High School graduate. She said one thing she would like to do is improve transparency of city government.

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