Stephanie Zader

Laura Burns (left) and Stephanie Zader (right) are joined by State. Rep. Marilyn John on Tuesday night as election results begin to come in. Burns and Zader both retained their Mansfield City Council seats. (Richland Source file photo)

MANSFIELD -- The Richland County Board of Elections on Thursday certified the official results of the Nov. 2 general election.

The certification resulted in no changes to the winners announced on the night of the election, according to county elections director Matt Finfgeld.

No recounts were necessary for any of the races, he said.

"Our election night unofficial total was 15,895 (votes cast)," Finfgeld said. "Our board authorized us to count 86 provisional, and 14 late, but eligible, absentee ballots."

"This brought our total to 15,995 total ballots cast for a (countywide) turnout of 19.61 percent (of eligible voters)," he said.

In the Mansfield race for an At-large City Council seat, the BOE certified that 13.92 percent of eligible voters cast ballots in a race won by Republican Stephanie Zader with 60.1 percent of the vote against Democrat Sammie Dunn Jr.

Official vote totals in the race were 2,357 to 1,565 out of 3,922 votes cast.

In the 1st Ward, 18.3 percent of eligible voters participated, giving a win to Republican Laura Burns over Democrat Joshua Koehler. Burns received 69.7 of the votes, compared to 30.3 for Koehler.

Official vote totals in the race were 803 to 349 out of 1,152 votes cast.

In the 3rd Ward, 17 percent of eligible voters participated. Republican Rev. El Akuchie won the race with 50.96 percent of the vote over Democrat Jon Van Harlingen, who received 49.04.

Official vote totals in the race were 425 to 409 out of 851 votes cast.

Aurelio Diaz

Aurelio Diaz hugs a supporter Tuesday night at the Richland County Democratic Party headquarters. Diaz won the race to represent the 5th Ward on Mansfield City Council. (Richland Source file photo)

In the 5th Ward, 10.53 percent of eligible voters cast ballots. Democrat Aurelio Diaz won the election with 62.57 percent of the vote to defeat Republican Jason Lawrence, who received 37.43.

Official vote totals in the race were 107 to 64 out of 174 votes cast.

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