NORTH KINGSVILLE — A new mayor was elected in North Kingsville on Tuesday night.
Mindy Bisbee won the race, receiving 297 votes, beating Dean Artman (251) and Larry “Skip” Eller (226), according to unofficial results.
Bisbee currently serves on North Kingsville Council. Eller served in the past, and Dean Artman is a political newcomer.
Current Mayor Tim Zee announced that he would not seek reelection earlier this year.
Artman made waves earlier this year by circulating a petition to remove Zee and council member Ron McVoy from office due to a scandal in the village’s police department. A village police officer and the village’s police chief resigned, and were charged with dereliction of duty, misuse of property and other charges.
Artman based his campaign on his status as a political outsider.
Eller served as a council member for 24 years. He was also a sheriff’s deputy and a crime scene analyst. He said he would prioritize the police department, public works and paving streets.
Bisbee currently is in charge of the lands, building and utilities commission on council.
“I’m hard-working, I’m dedicated to [North Kingsville residents], I’m here for them and I will always have an open door policy, whether they have grievances or whether they just want to stop in and say hello,” Bisbee said.
On the day before the election, Bisbee closed a message to her supporters with this.
“I want to thank all of you for your support. It has meant a lot to me to have you go through this amazing journey with me,” she said.
Two village council seats were also open, with three people running for them.
Tammy Andrew and Dexter Au currently serve on council. Jose Rodriguez was running for the first time.
Andrew and Rodriguez were elected to the council, with 589 and 492 votes respectively. Au received 85 votes.
Au was charged with separate counts of theft in Ohio and Pennsylvania in October. The Pennsylvania-based charges were dropped after Au repaid $3,200.