WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Warren Mayor William “Doug” Franklin will serve another four years in office.
Franklin defeated challenger Dennis Blank with about 55 percent of the votes, according to unofficial voting results.
“This was a tough campaign,” Franklin said of the win. “We knew that we couldn’t match his financing. We weren’t funded as strong as he was, so he outspent us.”
Franklin said his campaign had to shorten its media message as a result, but he relied on a door-to-door campaign to spread the message of his record with the city.
“I think in the end, it was the people of Warren who saw what we have done, who saw the improvements, who saw the progress, even though it might be small,” he said. “And we’ve done this in the most challenging of times.”
Franklin said he is proud of partnerships he created and the improvements he has made in the city, all without raising taxes.
Franklin has spent his time in office focusing on revitalization efforts and bringing business to the city. Through his campaign, he has gained the support of former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland.
In an earlier interview with WKBN, Franklin has said he wants to continue the progress the city has had since he took office.