Oregon City Council will see a new face, and a familiar one when they take their seats in December.
Sandy Bihn, former clerk-auditor, finance director, and member of city council, and Dennis Walendzak, vice president, Technical Services, Environmental Management Services, were elected, along with five incumbents on Tuesday.
Walendzak received 4,035 votes, or 11.76 percent of the vote, while Bihn won 3,850, or 11.22 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results from the Toledo-Lucas County Board of Elections. Incumbent Bill Myers was unsuccessful in his bid for a second term. He received 3,175, or 9.26 percent of the vote.
The top vote getter was incumbent Clint Wasserman, 27, who received 4,156 votes, or 12.12 percent of the vote. Wasserman, an attorney, also received the highest vote count when he first ran for council two years ago.
Other incumbents who won re-election include Council President Mike Sheehy, who received 4,141, or 12.07 percent; James Seaman received 3,977 votes, or 11.59 percent; Jerry Peach received 3,877, or 11.30 percent; and Terry Reeves won 3,668, or 10.69 percent of the vote.
Bihn, 62, was on council in 1983, 1985, and 2005. She was clerk auditor from 1987 to 1994.
Bihn, Western Lake Erie Waterkeeper and executive director of the Western Lake Erie Association, attributed her win to “great support from friends and family, knowledge of city finances, a desire to work with people on various issues, including promoting Rt. 2 and the waterfront, and involvement in Great Lakes issues.”
Walendzak, 38, said he was humbled by the experience.
“It is very humbling to have that many people have faith in you, and can trust you with the decisions that are going to be made in the city. It’s overwhelming. Obviously, I have a big learning curve. But I’m excited,” he said.
Life returned to normal Wednesday morning, he said, when his young children awakened him.
“It was 6 a.m., and I was changing diapers,” he laughed.