ROCK CREEK — Mayor Shawnasee Burns kept his seat during the Tuesday election over challenger Robert Schultz.

Burns won the race with 87 votes to Schultz' 62 votes, according to unofficial results from the Ashtabula County Board of Elections.

Burns, 48, is a custom engineering designer for Ranpak Corp. of Concord and prior to becoming mayor he served on Rock Creek village council for eight years.

Burns had run on a platform which focused on a need for downtown revitalization, continued street paving and improvements to parks and sidewalks.

Reached by phone after results came in, Burns said he thanks the voters.

"I congratulate Bob on his efforts and I want to hear more from him about his ideas," he said. "Anything we can do that will help the village, I'm all about Rock Creek."

Schultz, 69, has been a realtor for The Shores Realty for 14 years and for 25 years he worked at Schultz Mechanical Wire. Schultz, a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, had previously served on village council and as mayor.

Reached by phone after results came in, Schultz said he wants to congratulate Burns. Schultz was not a sore loser.

"The sun comes up tomorrow," he said.

In the Rock Creek Village Council race, incumbents James Hall and Suzanne Hayes retained seats with 87 votes and 78 votes respectively. Barb Skytta, who had sought a seat, received 72 votes.

None of them could be reached for comment.

Hall is retired from General Motors where he worked for 30 years as a paint specialist and he has served on council for 10 years. He ran again because he said he wants to see the village improve.

Hayes is a retired teacher who worked at schools in Rock Creek for nearly 40 years. She has served on council for 12 years and said she is an honest and experienced candidate and the village means something to her.


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