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Ash defeats incumbent Hayes

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Lebanon City Council races
The results are in for Lebanon City Council races, and one incumbent will be stepping aside.

In the four-way race for the council's Ward 4 seat, challenger Bernie Ash defeated incumbent Joe Hayes by 511 to 281, as lesser-known challengers Rick Hallum and Ken Brown trailed with 169 and 149 votes apiece, respectively.

And in Ward 6, incumbent Kathy Warmath easily defeated challenger Dan Jandura by 969 to 692.

Before the polls closed, the day was busy as most of the candidates continued to work for every vote they could get for seats on Lebanon City Council, which were up for election in Wards 3, 4, and 6 while it was not an election year for Wards 1, 2, 5, and the mayor.

In Ward 3, incumbent Rob Cesternino was unopposed, so he was just waiting for the closing of the polls to make it official, and he defeated any and all write-in candidates with his 407 to 4 write-in votes.

"This will be my last term," Cesternino said Tuesday afternoon. "I'm looking forward to four more years working with the mayor and the council to make Lebanon the best city to live, work, play and worship in."

But in Wards 4 and 6, things were not so quiet.

Incumbent Joe Hayes, who has served over 20 years as Ward 4's representative on the council, expressed his gratitude to his supporters.

"Also I want to thank the people that voted against me," he added. "That's their right as a citizen of the United States. I just have to live with it. I would have liked to have had all those votes, but I didn't get 'em. I don't understand it, but there's a lot of things I don't understand in this world."

Ash described Hayes as "a great public servant and a gentleman."

"The race was run fair and square, he (Hayes) ran an honest campaign, and I appreciate it," Ash said. " ... When I decided to run in Ward 4, I knew I was going to have to get out there like a teenager and knock on doors, talk to people and do a lot of hard work."

In Ward 6, incumbent Kathy Warmath said she was continuing to work for the vote. "I've gone door to door, given handouts and called people, even yesterday and today," she said. "I've been checking the polls and doing everything in my power today, too. If it doesn't work out, then God didn't mean for it to."

Warmath, who like Hayes has over 20 years of experience on the council, said she felt very positive about her race and was looking forward to the next four years. "I've been opposed in every election, and this one is no different," she commented.

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