Chauncey mayor debate

Chauncey mayoral candidates Robert Mattey and Amy Renner are pictured seated at the local library during a public forum last month.

Note: This story appears in the Wednesday, Nov. 6 newspaper on Page A3.

Residents of Chauncey, Glouster and Buchtel will have new mayors leading those villages in 2020.

Amy Renner is the new mayor in Chauncey; Samantha Sikorski takes over in Glouster; and Tom Taggart will soon lead Buchtel.

Tim Kirkendall, meanwhile, was re-elected to his position as mayor of Albany in a contested race there.

A quartet of other mayors were unopposed in their re-election efforts: Gary Goosman in Amesville, Rose Tyman in Coolville, Samuel Smathers in Jacksonville and Doug Davis Sr. in Trimble.

In Albany, Kirkendall was the winner in a race against challenger Larry Payne, with 152 votes to Payne’s 117, according to unofficial results provided by the Athens County Board of Elections on Tusday. This will be Kirkendall’s third term as mayor.

Payne is a local village councilman and former county commissioner who previously served as mayor in both the 1980s and the mid-1990s. He too was seeking a third term as mayor.

Kirkendall campaigned on plans to usher in further growth to Albany while maintaining its “small-town charm.” He’s emphasized wanting to remain a “hands-on mayor.”

Sikorski was the winner in a three-way race in Glouster, earning 105 votes to Thomas Hooper’s 58 and Nathan Simons’ 47. This contest was a bit of a wild card, with there being no candidate’s forum for this race and neither Sikorski nor Hooper being members of Glouster Village Council. Sikorski fills the shoes of outgoing Mayor Miles Wolf.

In Chauncey, Amy Renner unseated longtime village official Robert Mattey to become mayor. This was a contest largely focused on the town’s involvement with the anticipated construction of the Baileys Trail project.

Renner is a Chauncey Village Council member, while Mattey is completing his second term as mayor. In a public forum held in October, Renner detailed her hopes to be heavily involved in planning for the Baileys Trail system, a proposed project to build 88 miles of mountain bike trail in the Wayne National Forest. The project would include installation of a trailhead at a village park.

Mattey has sat on a council of governments working to plan ahead for this project, though Renner has been involved in these discussions herself. She will take over as Chauncey’s leading voice as the project continues to take shape. It is believed the project will have positive economic implications to the village.

In Buchtel, Tom Taggart ran unopposed to be the new mayor and replaces John Sullivan for the position.

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