In the first contested mayoral race since 2011, voters elected Mayor David J. Held to a seventh term.
NORTH CANTON In the first contested mayoral race since 2011, voters elected Mayor David J. Held to a seventh term.
According to unofficial totals, Held earned 60 percent of the vote and Scott Kelly, a Plain Township fire inspector and political newcomer, 40 percent.
Held grabbed 3,238 votes to Scott Kelly's 2,149.
North Canton has a nonpartisan, part-time mayor.
Held, 52, was first elected in 2005. He ran unopposed in 2013 and 2015.
"It shows that the people of North Canton are overall pleased with the direction we're taking the city," Held said, speaking from a gathering with other North Canton officials at the Main Street Grille.
Held cited the results of a 2016 city survey, in which residents gave high marks to city services, especially safety services. He also noted that the city's income tax collection has increased 29 percent since 2010.
"It's a privilege and an honor to serve the people of North Canton ... I want to assure them that I won't let them down," he said. "I want to work very hard for the people of North Canton."
In his seventh term, Held said, he'll continue focusing on bringing new jobs to the city and improving safety services. He also plans to focus on the completion of the Hoover District Project, which he said should be finished in 2018.
"We have a lot of work to do," Held said.
"We want a clean, safe city in North Canton. And we want to make sure we continue to bring new jobs because that is the engine that drives our revenue and our income tax."
Held praised Kelly's campaign and his work going door-to-door to meet residents.
Kelly was a strong competitor, he added. "Anybody who is willing to step out and run for public office, I have a tremendous amount of respect for them."
Kelly, 38, said his first mayoral race will be his last one.
"If we don't win, the city isn't ready for change I guess," he said. "But we ran a good, clean campaign and that's what we set out to do."
Kelly thanked his supporters. The campaign went great and they did everything they could, he said.
"Our volunteers did a heck of a job," he said.
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