Two incumbents retain seats, third is unseated in Troy

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published November 15, 2017

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TROY — Newcomer David Hamilton unseated incumbent Paul McCown for a spot on the Troy City Council, joining incumbents Councilman Ed Pennington and Mayor Pro Tem Ellen Hodorek to serve. 

McCown was appointed to serve a partial term when Councilman Jim Campbell resigned in the summer of 2016. 

Seven candidates, including three incumbents, were running for three four-year terms. 

Hodorek was the top vote-getter with 8,591 votes. Hamilton, an automotive engineer,  garnered 7,797 votes, and Pennington received 6,677 votes. McCown received 6,129 votes. 

“We need to bring the city back together and eliminate the negativity in general,” Pennington said. 

“I knocked on doors, took phone calls and emails, and gave an honest response. I think people appreciate that. I’m open-minded. I see both sides and represent everyone. I’m not trying to please everybody,” Hodorek said. 

“I look at all the evidence and facts,” she said, adding that she believes she brings a “fact-based, caring voice to the table. They’re looking for that in leadership right now.” 

In an email, Hamilton commented on the win. 

“Besides my wife, Stephanie, agreeing to marry me, this is the deepest and greatest honor of my life: to have the community I grew up in, that helped make me the person I am today, choose me to represent them,” he said in the email. 

“I can’t put into words how humbled and honored I am,” he said in the email. “I will do my best every day to represent you well and do you proud. My door is always open to everyone to have a discussion and voice your opinions. Let’s work together to build upon Troy’s rich history. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you.”

McCown said he is proud of his time on the council.

“It was an honor and privilege to serve with the people I did,” McCown said. He said he is most proud of “the way we worked together. A council shouldn’t always agree. That’s not an effective council. At some point, I disagreed with every single one of them. That’s what I’ll miss the most — working together. We really gelled.” 

Troy City Clerk Aileen Dickson said that voter turnout was about 29 percent, and she noted that 25 percent turnout is average for local elections. 

There are about 58,390 registered voters in Troy. Approximately 17,000 of them cast ballots Nov. 7. 

Candidate Kumar Giri received 3,924 votes, candidate Mark Gunn garnered 3,891 votes and  candidate Sunil Sivaraman received 4,577 votes.