LORDSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — According to unofficial returns, Lordstown voters have chosen their next mayor in Tuesday’s election.
According to unofficial returns from the Trumbull County Board of Elections, of the four candidates vying for the position, Jackie Woodward has been selected as the village’s new mayor elect by a margin of fewer than 30 votes.
The current mayor, Arno Hill, announced in February that he would not be seeking reelection. Hill served as Lordstown mayor from 1992-2003, and from 2012 to the present. He also served on village council from 2006-2011.
Woodward, who received 470 votes, is serving her second term on the Lordstown board of education. She says that as a lifelong resident of Lordstown, she has a good understanding of what currently works and what improvements are yet to be made.
“I am super excited. I’m anxious to get started,” Woodward said. “My phone has been going crazy with messages of congratulations, so I’m ready to get in there and get started.”
Woodward says the first step is getting acquainted with the job.
“I was really hoping for it. Pray for the best, expect the worst,” Woodward said. “This is what I wanted, and I’m so glad that everybody put their faith in me and decided this is the way Lordstown should go.”
Woodward will resign from her spot on the school board effective Dec. 31, starting her new job as mayor Jan. 1 — which is also her birthday.