Nunnari tops BOE member Cross in Ward 2 race
By Kevin Kelley
Westlake City Council will welcome its first woman member in five years when Lynda Appel joins the legislative body in January.
Appel, the webmaster for the Westlake City Schools, won the Ward 1 seat, 74.25 to 25.75 percent, or 1,116 to 387 votes, over Shamus Cusick in the Nov. 5 election. Current Ward 1 representative Ed Hack chose not to seek re-election.
State Rep. Nan Baker was the last woman to serve on Westlake City Council. She resigned in November 2008 after being elected to the Ohio House that month.
In the race to succeed Ward 2 representative Jim Connole, Nick Nunnari topped Westlake school board member Nate Cross, 56.9 to 43.1, or 973 to 738 votes.
Nunnari credited his victory to hard campaign work by his family members and friends. He told West Life he was eager to work together with Mayor Dennis Clough and members of council on governing Westlake.
In the only other contested council race, Ward 6 incumbent Mark Getsay defeated Robert Koenig, 60.8 to 39.1 percent, or 877 to 565 votes. The race was a rematch of 2009, when Getsay defeated Koenig by a 63 to 37 percent margin.
Council President Mike Killeen, Ward 3 Councilman Dennis Sullivan, Ward 4 Councilman Michael O’Donnell and Ward 5 Councilman Ken Brady were re-elected in uncontested races.
Clough was elected to his eighth term Tuesday, receiving 7,248 votes in an uncontested race. John Wheeler was re-elected law director in an unopposed race.