Wong, Welch win West Chester Twp. trustees race

West Chester Twp. trustees Lee Wong and Mark Welch were re-elected Tuesday. FILE
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West Chester Twp. trustees Lee Wong and Mark Welch were re-elected Tuesday. FILE

West Chester Twp. trustees Lee Wong and Mark Welch will continue to lead the township over the next four years.

The two incumbents beat out Trent Emeneker for the top two spots in the three-candidate race. Emeneker earned 27.1% of the vote, according to unofficial results from the Butler County Board of Elections.

“I’m very grateful for the opportunity to continue my work to make West Chester a great place to raise a family and a friendly place to do business,” said Wong as he was collecting campaign signs Tuesday night.

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Lee Wong serves as West Chester Township Board of Trustees chair and retired from the U.S. Army after 20 years of active service. NICK GRAHAM / STAFF

Credit: Nick Graham

Lee Wong serves as West Chester Township Board of Trustees chair and retired from the U.S. Army after 20 years of active service. NICK GRAHAM / STAFF
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Lee Wong serves as West Chester Township Board of Trustees chair and retired from the U.S. Army after 20 years of active service. NICK GRAHAM / STAFF

Credit: Nick Graham

Credit: Nick Graham

Wong, who was elected to his fifth term on the board, again was the lead vote-getter for West Chester Twp. trustee, earning 37.25% of the vote. Welch was second with 35.7%, according to unofficial election results.

In a campaign forum last month, Wong said he “will always be honest, serve this board with integrity and listen to the people.”

“We are a premier township and we have businesses with more than $3 billion in valuation,” he said. “For the last 16 years we have been doing very well at that (business development).”

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Mark Welch

Mark Welch
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Mark Welch

Welch could not be reached for comment late Tuesday night but said ahead of Tuesday’s election that the key to the township’s future is for its leaders to be mindful of West Chester’s core strategies.

“I’m a conservative with a proven track record,” said the small business owner in the township. “And West Chester is not only doing great but we are thriving under the current leadership.”

The township’s tax base, he said, is about 60 percent residential and 40 percent business tax revenue, relieving homeowners of some of the local government tax burden experienced by other, less commercially developed townships.

More than 43,800 West Chester Twp. residents are registered to vote, and 23.9% voted in the 28 days of early voting or on Election Day, according to unofficial results.

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