ASHTABULA — City Manager Jim Timonere won a third term Tuesday, besting independent candidate Darrell E. Hamilton by more than 1,000 votes.

Timonere, a Democrat, won 1,690 to 523 votes, according to the Ashtabula County Board of Election’s unofficial results.

“I’ve enjoyed serving our community and look forward to another term,” he said. “There are many great things happening and these next four years will be pivotal for us and the county.”

Hamilton, 68, a writer and local historian, could not be reached for comment.

“I’m proud to serve and truly thank the community for its overwhelming support,” Timonere said.

Timonere, 42, first came into office in November 2011, when he beat incumbent Anthony Cantagallo and three other contenders for the city’s top spot, receiving 47 percent of the vote, according to the official results from the Ashtabula County Board of Elections.

“We have our issues but we have tremendous opportunity and assets other communities wish they had,” he said. “In the last eight years we have put our city back on the map and we are being recognized for all our hard work and dedication.”

Before being elected city manager, Timonere was the executive director of the Ashtabula Area Chamber of Commerce. He graduated in 1995 from St. John High School and then went on to Kent State University, earning a bachelor of Business Administration degree in marketing.

Timonere praised his staff, volunteers, local businesses and organizations which have all played a role in his success and the recent successes of the city.

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