(WKBN) – There will be recounts for several races from the General Election this month in Mahoning County.
Tuesday morning, the Board of Elections held its official count from this month’s election. Races and issues that ended close enough to warrant an automatic recount include the Poland School Board, a park’s levy in Sebring and a council seat in the village of Washingtonville — which overlaps both Mahoning and Columbiana counties.
Sebring’s 2-mill levy tied with exactly 355 people voting for and against the levy.
“The board will reconvene after the recount and the audit that we’re gonna perform, and then they’re going to certify those three races,” said Tom McCabe.
One race that was apparently settled Tuesday morning is the Campbell mayor’s race. Longtime councilman Bryan Tedesco defeated incumbent Nick Phillips with 882 votes to Phillips’ 858 votes.
The winner called it a weight off his shoulders.
“It was a good fight, me and Nicky did a very good election, we kept it very clean. I respect that,” Tedesco said.
Tedesco is retiring in a week after 45 years with FirstEnergy and said his priorities include cleaning up the city.
“The blight down on Wilson Avenue, Twelfth Street, I want to clean up the blight and I want to see if we can get some industries down in the Brownfield area,” Tedesco said.
The incumbent, whos portrait was recently added to the lobby of City Hall, was gracious in defeat.
“I respect the people’s vote, I mean, it’s politics. That’s the way it goes. It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve as the mayor of the City of Campbell the last six years. I believe we got a lot done,” Phillips said.
Working as mayor was Phillips’ first attempt at politics, but time will tell if it’ll be his last.
“I’m not sure, have to see what my wife says about that,” Phillips said.
Although Tedesco’s lived in Campbell more than 30 years, he said voters here adopted him 22 years ago when they first elected him to be a member of city council.
“I want to give something back to the people of Campbell. That’s what it’s all about,” Tedesco said.