Final tallies official: Two votes separate Uniopolis mayor’s race
Two votes ended up being the difference in the race for Uniopolis mayor.
By two votes, the incumbent Uniopolis mayor was re-elected to his fifth term, according to official results of the Nov. 8 general election released Wednesday by the Auglaize County Elections Board.
No final outcomes of other countywide races changed based on official election results after provisional ballots were added into totals.
After adding three provisional ballots to unofficial results, Uniopolis Mayor Bill Rolston received 46 votes and his opponent, Marilyn Fleck, who serves on Uniopolis Village Council, received 44 votes — a difference of two votes and 2.2 percentage points.
Rolston gained two of the provisional ballots to add to his tally and Fleck one.
Elections Board Director Carolyn Campbell said there are no automatic recounts unless there is a difference of 1/2 of 1 percent of total votes counted in a race.
In Uniopolis’s case, there were 90 total votes meaning the difference in votes would need to be less than one-half vote.
“Even though it’s only a two-vote difference, it does not qualify for a recount,” Campbell said Wednesday as Election Board members reviewed and approved an official canvass for the general election.
“I’m really happy the way it came out,” Rolston said after reading the official election results Wednesday at the Election Board office. “She gave a heck of a good race.”
Fleck said of course she was disappointed by the outcome of the race.
“I’m 68, this was my last chance,” Fleck said. “But I have more power on council.”
Fleck, who served on village council from 1994 to 2003 before stepping down due to an accident and then was appointed in June to fill a vacant seat, thanked the people who voted for her in the mayoral race. She still has a couple years left to serve on that council seat and has said since the election that she plans to continue working to make a difference in the village that way.
She said she would serve on council as long as she is able, but that she did not plan to make another run for mayor.
The 47-year resident of the village said she was honored by those that had enough confidence in her to cast a ballot for her as mayor and that she had ran because residents had approached her saying it was time for a change.
Rolston has said he anticipates this being his last term serving as mayor of the village. He has served as the village’s mayor since 1993, when he was appointed to fill the unexpired term of the previous mayor. He began serving the village as a council member in 1990.
He said he still has other things he wants to do now that he’s retired and he’ll be 69 when his next term is over.
“We have a lot of issues coming up,” Rolston said of what he anticipates facing at the helm of Uniopolis. “The budget will be the big thing.”
He said he can promise everything but he can’t produce it all and he has six people serving on Uniopolis Village Council that have to agree.
“There’s a lot of work to it,” said Rolston, who cited a few projects he still wanted to see through, specifically focusing on village finances, finishing street work, and bringing water treatment and natural gas into the village. “I want to continue to help however I can.”