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Oregon Mayor-elect Mike Seferian said “good dedicated supporters” helped propel him to victory in unseating incumbent Mayor Marge Brown on Tuesday.

“I learned some things from the last election,” said Seferian, an independent who lost to Brown in 2001. “I allowed my friends to help me.”

Voter turnout was strong, with nearly 7,300 voters showing up at the polls. Seferian, who is currently on council, received 4,459 votes, or 61.17 percent of the vote, while Brown received 2,831, or 38.83 percent of the vote. Seferian beat Brown in each of the city’s 19 precincts.

“My supporters networked throughout the neighborhoods and communities for me. I didn’t realize I had such friends so dedicated – I think they were more emotional than I in this race,” he said.

“When I was feeling the heat, or pressured, they showed up at my work or house just to hang out,” he added. “They wanted change, and were willing to take a chance on me. I didn’t win this, they did.”

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Veteran incumbents challenged by business owners

Two self-employed business owners, Mike Evanoff and Jeff Pettit, are challenging veteran incumbents, Ron Sims and Richard Welling, for seats on the Lake Township Board of Trustees in the Nov. 3 election.

In these tough economic times, who knows how to stretch a dollar more than an owner/operator of a small business, reasons Evanoff, who hopes to use his entrepreneurial skills as a trustee.

“My wife and I have been doing this for 20 years in bad and good economies and our doors are still open,” the owner of Suburban Motors said. “A sense of discipline is what I want to bring to the table.”

If elected, Evanoff, who’s been regularly attending trustee meetings for several years, said he’d scrutinize the expenditure of every township dollar, casting a keen eye especially on equipment and related purchases.

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Presenting Mr. Bowers…hasn’t missed in 32 years

Ladies and gentlemen . . . presenting 1967 Genoa grad Wade Bower, the "unofficial standard bearer" of "Comet Nation," who has had a reserved seat ticket for 327 straight Genoa football games and 32 celebrated seasons.

That's roughly 15,696 minutes of Comet football for all those counting.

"All I can say is that I just love high school football, and that's the bottom line," mumbles Bower, 60.

"Personally, I don't like to call it a streak, because really it's just a passion of mine. I just love to go to these high school football games. I love the competition between the boys out there. And I just love being there out at the stadium come Friday, and watching Genoa Comets football, and other Genoa sports, too, really," he said.

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In last week’s story about the Genoa village council forum, the comment, “I think it’s an exciting time to live in the village. I’m not saying it’s perfect. No one is perfect, but I think we have the proper people on council to keep things in place,” should have been attributed to incumbent Jennifer L. Kreager and not challenger John C. Lewis.

Also, incumbent Dave Fryman’s comment should have read, “There is nothing that should be done behind closed doors as it was done in the past in this town,” and not read, “There is nothing that should be done behind open doors...” Fryman was involved in the creation of the joint law enforcement district, not the upgrade of law enforcement vehicles and equipment. The Pr

Oregon Administrator Ken Filipiak is resigning. He will be the new city manager of Mentor, located just east of Cleveland, on the south shore of Lake Erie. His resignation is effective Nov. 28.

The Mentor City Council voted unanimously at a special meeting on Saturday to hire Filipiak, according to Mentor City Council President Bob Shiner. The city has a population of over 50,000, more than twice the size of Oregon’s 18,000.

City government is based on a city manager executive appointed by council instead of an elected mayor form of government. The city manager is accountable to city council.

Shiner said over 100 people applied for the spot, which has been temporarily filled by the police chief since May, when the former city manager retired.

Filipiak came out on top because of his “diverse background,” said Shiner.

“We found him to be a very smart guy. It all looked good on the resume and the interview process,” said Shiner.

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Giving money to people along road

Do you feel compelled to give money to people holding signs along the road asking for money?
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