By Linda Collins
For the Herald
ENON – Incumbent Stephen Trout and newcomer Jeremy Whitacre secured seats for Enon Village Council, according to unofficial results Tuesday evening from the Clark County Board of Elections.
With 100 percent of the ballots counted, Trout was the top contender receiving 519 votes, taking 35.65 percent of the votes cast in the village. Jeremy Whitacre received 507 votes (34.82 percent) putting him second behind Trout. Mitch Oliver, who was also vying for one of the two seats on council, garnered 430 votes which was 29.53 percent of the cast votes.
“Once again, I appreciate the confidence the voters of Enon have placed in me to represent their interests for another term as a council member. I hope to be able to assist the other elected officials to continue the many projects and plans that we hope to accomplish to improve the quality of life in the village. I will continue to concentrate on the financial matters of the village and to make sure the village continues its financial stability. Thank you to all the residents that voted for me,” Trout said in a written statement Tuesday night.
Whitacre, who will be sworn in to public office for the first time in January, said he was elated with the election. The 31-year-old Whitacre will replace Councilman Jerry Crane whose term in office will end Dec. 31.
“I am very honored and overjoyed to have been elected as village councilman in my great hometown of Enon. I would like to thank the community for believing in me, and I look forward to working with the residents, my fellow council members, and Mayor Howard towards making Enon even better than it is today. I would also like to thank Mr. Jerry Crane for all of his years of service to our community,” said Whitacre.
Each council seat is a four-year term with an annual salary of $4,000.
Enon Mayor Tim Howard, who ran unopposed, won his bid for a second term in office on Tuesday, receiving 871 votes (100 percent). The mayor currently draws an annual salary of $7,500 which will increase to $8,400 in 2016.
In a statement Tuesday evening, Howard expressed his gratitude to voters in the village who supported his reelection.
“I truly appreciate the confidence Enon residents have in my leadership as mayor. We accomplished many positive things in my first four years as mayor, and I look forward to another productive four-year term. It takes all of us working together to make good things happen in our community. I consider it a great privilege to serve as Mayor of Enon,” Howard said.
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Linda Collins is a freelance reporter for Greene County News.