By Jeff Gallatin
The third time was the charm for North Olmsted businessman Tim Smith in his effort to win elected office.
Smith was elected councilman-at-large by the other six members in their second round of balloting at Tuesday’s regular
City Council meeting. He replaces Mark Mahoney, who resigned in May for health reasons. Smith previously ran unsuccessfully for mayor in the 2009 election. He also sought unsuccessfully to be appointed to council before.
Tuesday, he was elected by a 4-2 margin with Lou Brossard, Kevin Kearney, Larry Orlowski and Angela Williamson voting for him. Paul Barker and Paul Schumann voted for Duane Limpert, which they also did on the first ballot. Smith gained the needed fourth majority vote when Brossard switched his vote from Marty Hayes, whom Brossard nominated on the first ballot, to Smith on the second ballot.
After the meeting, Smith said he was pleased to be joining city council and North Olmsted city government.
It’s something I’ve wanted to do,” he said.
Smith, who has run Joe D’s printing business in the city for many years, said he doesn’t have any specific goals yet.
“I’m going to review my ideas from the mayoral campaign, but being mayor is different than being on council So I’ll look them all over to see what’s appropriate.”
He said he was looking forward to working with Mayor Kevin Kennedy’s administration and his fellow council members. The other government officials expressed similar sentiments about Smith after his election.
When asked after the meeting, Both Orlowski and Kearney said Smith’s previous interest in city government were major reasons he was selected.
“He has a good head on his shoulders and will be good to work with,” Kearney said.
“He’s expressed interest in city government before and is active in the city,” Orlowski said.
After the meeting, Brossard said the vote situation prompted his change after the first ballot.
“After I nominated and voted for Marty on the first ballot, I saw that I was the only one who voted for him,” Brossard said. “Going in, I knew both Marty and Tim Smith were fine candidates, so when it became apparent that Marty would not be able to get four votes and that council was moving toward that with Tim having three, I switched my vote to Tim for the second ballot.”
Both Limpert and Hayes wished Smith well.
Limpert, the son of former city councilman and service director Duane Limpert, and the grandson of former councilman Dewey Limpert, said he has filed petitions for the post and plans to run for it in the fall elections.
Hayes said he has pulled petitions and said after the meeting he intended to talk with his wife and then make a decision about running for the office in the fall. Another candidate, Sid King, also said he intends to run for the office. The fifth candidate, attorney and former city policeman, Steve Wolf told council during the interviews for the at-large position, that he will have to make a decision about whether to seek the at-large post, or seek the Ward 4 post, which he already has petitions for.