The St. Paris mayor race was decided by 3 votes, unofficial results indicate.
Brenda Cook came out ahead of Gary Doeden Tuesday night, the results say. Cook obtained 224 votes while Doeden received 221.
Cook is a retired teacher who has said in the voter guide that she is dedicated to the village.
“The biggest problem facing St. Paris is residents lack of belief in our small village,” she said in the Springfield News-Sun voter guide. “There is so much good in town: neighbors know neighbors and are willing to help in time of need, 8 Christian based churches work together as the Federation of Churches providing a Community Food Pantry and help to those in crisis. We have a locally-owned bank, outstanding public library, hardware store, furniture store, auto repair and body shops not to mention beauty shops, gas stations, barbershop, laundromat, cafe and sweet shop (with outstanding coffees, fudge and buckeyes), and a Post Office with nice clerks. Oh and we now have Mercy Health Clinic open 5 days a week and a local dentist. Our village scores high in ‘walkability’ and ease of travel.”
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