STRUTHERS, Ohio (WKBN) – Inside a quiet courtroom, Terry Stocker was sworn in for his third term as mayor of Struthers.
“I was excited the first time I won, but I think this tops the cake,” Stocker said on Friday.
Mayor Stocker won the election in November as a write-in candidate, but his win came with some controversy. In fact, on November 3, it was announced that challenger Danny Thomas had taken the job by a close margin.
But workers at the Mahoning County Board of Elections later discovered a box of ballots that had not been counted, after Stocker questioned the vote tally.
“It was like a roller coaster. We felt that we had won, then only to find out we hadn’t won,” Stocker said of Election Night.
The results of the recount gave Stocker the win. Now, he says, he is looking ahead.
“We are going to move this city, continue to move it forward,” he said. “I believe that can be done by working together with council and laying out a good plan for the next four years.”
Two others were also sworn in on Friday.
Christina Bohl, the city’s auditor, is already busy working to make city records digital.
“When you are collecting them manually, you have a delay seeing what you have available. This will be like real time, seeing exactly what we have on hand,” she said.
In addition to internal upgrades, Stocker wants to see improvements around the city.
“We’re going to continue to make the town safer and more presentable for people to want to come and live here and open up businesses here,” he said.