PIQUA — It is unknown if there will be a recount in the race for Piqua mayor and city of Piqua 5th Ward commissioner. According to the Miami County Board of Elections, this will not be known until next week.
The board is currently waiting on provisional ballots, which cannot be opened and read until 10 days after the election. There were approximately 600 provisional ballots in all of Miami County. It is unknown how many of those will count for the city of Piqua 5th Ward commissioner and mayoral races.
An automatic recount for any race will occur if the difference in the votes is less than half of a percent.
According to unofficial results, Kathryn “Kazy” Hinds won the city of Piqua 5th Ward commissioner race by nine votes. There were 2,175 votes for Hinds and 2,166 votes for Gary Michael Koenig. As the votes currently stand, the difference is approximately 0.2 percent.
Koenig won the mayoral race by 95 votes with 2,264 votes for him and 2,169 votes for Hinds. However, according to the Piqua City Charter, the mayor must first be elected commissioner before being elected mayor. By unofficial results, Hinds won the mayor seat by default.
“I want to thank all those who have supported me in my campaign,” Hinds said. “As I have said many times before, this has been all about the good people of Piqua, Ohio! You made this happen and, for that, I thank you! I do love Piqua and am honored that I will be serving as your next 5th Ward commissioner and mayor. There is so much before us and I know that together we can and will make Piqua the best that it can be. Here’s to a great future for our wonderful community!”
While Piqua is the middle of a game of “wait and see” when it comes to the 5th ward commissioner and mayoral races, Koenig, is still hopeful that the official results and possible recount will be in his favor.
“I’m looking forward to the outcome,” Koenig said. “I’m looking forward to the results of the mailings and the counting.”
Koenig also expressed gratitude for supporters during this election.
“I appreciate all of the help and support I had from all of my supporters,” Koenig said. “It was a really good campaign. I think Piqua has a real good election process. It was a wonderful election.”
Alongside Hinds’ unofficial win, the Piqua Public Library felt its support Tuesday night after receiving 64.14 percent of the votes. According to unofficial results, the renewal tax levy for the library received 3,784 votes in favor of it and 2,116 votes against.
“Things are very positive,” Jim Oda, director of Piqua Public Library, said about the mood at the library on Wednesday. “We are very happy at the response of Piqua voters, and we hope to continue all the great free services we offer and look at increasing and improving the programming.”
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