Primary produces changes on Council

September 14, 2011

Tuesday's Democratic primary election will result in several changes on City Council beginning January 2012. In Ward 6, Bill Hoch narrowly defeated veteran Councilman Bob Otterman, and in Ward 7, Donnie Kammer defeated Council Vice President Tina Merlitti. Marilyn Keith, wife of Clerk of Council and former Ward 8 Councilman Bob Keith won the Ward 8 race. Current Ward 8 Councilman Phil Montgomery did not run for re-election. Councilman Bruce Kilby retained his Ward 2 seat. The winners of the Democratic primary will run against Republican challengers in the November general election. In the race for mayor, Don Plusquellic won easily over challenger and Councilman At Large Mike Williams. Plusquellic garnered 55 percent of the vote to 43 percent for Williams.