Medina Journal-Register — ALBION — As the results trickled in at The Pillars in Albion on Tuesday night, several legislative incumbents and a pair of newcomers watched as their vote totals eclipsed those of their challengers.
To some of the incumbents, the results spoke volumes about the people of Orleans County.
“I’m glad the voters decided there was more than just one issue,” said Lynne Johnson, a Republican from District 2. “I’m looking forward to serving the county for another two years.”
District 1’s Bill Eick agreed.
“The results show that the public understands that the nursing home is not the only issue in county government,” he said.
Fellow incumbent Don Allport kept his seat, and Legislative Chairman Dave Callard ran unopposed to keep his spot.
Callard said the results will allow the county to continue working for the people. He said the vote told him the county was indeed doing the people’s work.
“This vote was a referendum,” he said. “The people understood that there are issues we are working on, and that you can’t focus on just one issue.”
Callard said he viewed the results as a show of support by the county’s residents to keep moving the county forward with a “multi-year plan” and vision for the future. He added that he understood the emotional aspect of the nursing home issue, and was impressed to see voters put emotion aside for the good of the county.
Newcomers Ken DeRoller, in the 4th District and John DeFilipps, At-Large East, said the experience of running a campaign and winning was a thrill.
DeRoller (R, I) said he looked forward to working for “Team Orleans” and was happy to be put in a position to work for the people.
DeFilipps (R, I) said the responsibility of being a legislator is one he looked forward to undertaking with great aplomb.