PIQUA – Two new faces will be joining the Piqua City Commission as voters elected write-in candidates Kris Lee and David Short to be the ward 3 and ward 4 commissioners, respectively.
According to unofficial election results, Lee received 1,126 write-in votes. Other candidates for the ward 3 commission seat included David Jones, who received 145 votes; Jack Bastian, who received 102 votes; and Bradley Scott Boehringer, who received 26 votes.
Short received 784 votes. Other candidates for the ward 4 commission seat included Timothy Lee, who received 182 votes, and Joseph Sorrell, who received 158 votes.
According to unofficial cumulative results, there were 1,501 write-in votes cast for the ward 3 commission seat and 1,309 write-in votes cast for the ward 4 commission seat, while 1,399 votes were deemed valid for the ward 3 commission seat and 1,124 were deemed valid for the ward 4 commission seat.
After splitting the differences, there were approximately 102 votes cast for ward 3 commissioner that were not considered valid election night, as well as approximately 185 votes cast for ward 4 commissioner that were also considered invalid election night. The Miami County Board of Elections will examine those votes at a later date to deem them valid or invalid, but they are not expected to affect the outcomes of the races due to the large margins by which Lee and Short were elected.
Lee to represent ward 3
Lee has worked in law enforcement for over 20 years, including 23 years at the Piqua Police Department. Lee currently works as a part-time patrol sergeant for the Anna Police Department, a safety officer at the Miami Valley Career Technology Center, and as an adjunct instructor.
“I’m very blessed and very excited,” Lee said.
Lee won by a large margin, taking home approximately 80 percent of the votes cast for the ward 3 commission seat. Lee said the support felt “incredible” and credited that substantial support to being a “homegrown entity” having been born and raised in Piqua, as well as staying a lifelong resident.
“Even some of the people I arrested ended up voting for me, so it’s incredible,” Lee said.
Lee’s educational background includes an MBA from Bluffton University, an MA in Organizational Management from Bluffton University, a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, an AA in Paralegal Studies from Edison, and an AA Computer Forensics/Criminal Justice from Edison.
“I’m just thankful to the citizens of Piqua for the opportunity,” Lee said. “I’m ready to serve. I’ve served in one function and now it’s time to serve in another.” Lee added that he was glad to see that the school levy passed and that Short, another fellow retired Piqua police officer, was also elected to the commission.
Short to represent ward 4
Short, who is currently employed with the Miami County Municipal Court as a bailiff, is also a retired Piqua police officer after working with the department for 22 years. He is a U.S. Army veteran who served in Desert Storm and a member of the executive board for Miami County Recovery Council.
“I felt very honored and blessed to get to serve the citizens of Piqua once again,” Short said.
Short also won by a large margin, receiving nearly 70 percent of the votes.
“That was a little overwhelming,” Short said.
Short said that he thought he had a good chance at winning before the election took place, but it was still surprising to him how much support he received, adding that he was “humbled” by the victory.
“I look forward to working with the other city commissioners and helping to make the city better,” Short said.
Sitting commissioners Joe Wilson and Judy Terry were not on the November ballot for re-election to the commission. Terry did not seek re-election to the commission, while Wilson’s petition to be placed on the ballot was deemed invalid by the Miami County Board of Elections.
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