Mason voters Tuesday returned four incumbents to Mason’s City Council, according to unofficial results from the Warren County Board of Elections.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting, David Nichols was the top vote-getter with 22.3 percent of the vote, followed by Charlene Pelfrey with 22.8 percent of the vote. Don Prince and Rich Cox trailed with about 21 and 17 percent of the vote, respectively.
Challenger Tony Bradburn, who served on council for eight years before he was forced out in 2011 due to term limits, was edged out of the race after receiving 16.8 percent of the vote.
The results are not official until certified by the Warren County Board of Elections.
Five candidates ran for four open seats on city council.
Nichols, a retired CEO of Interlott Technologies in Mason, was appointed to city council in 2008 and elected to a four-year term in 2009. He served as vice-mayor from 2009-2011 and was selected mayor in 2011.
His focus remains on maintaining Mason’s “unprecedented growth” during an economic downturn, managing expenditures and keeping taxes low, he said.
Charlene Pelfrey served on city council for eight years beginning in 1999 before leaving for two years due to term limits. She served as vice mayor of Mason from 2003-2005 and mayor from 2005-2007.
Her goal is to continue to expand job growth and an earnings tax base while improving traffic flow to better accommodate Mason’s residential and business growth.
Don Prince, who served as Mason’s mayor from 2009-2011, said he plans to remain conservative in city spending while expanding Mason’s roads and utilities to accommodate the city’s growth and balance business and economic development to appeal to both new residents and businesses.
Voters elected Rich Cox, president of Al’s Heating and Cooling, to his second term in office. Road infrastructure and funding, the city’s parks and relationships with neighboring Deerfield Township leaders are the city’s top issues, he said.