City voters select Grim as their mayor, change council makeup

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City voters select Grim as their mayor, change council makeup

Hendershot keeps seat, to be joined by Scarpelli, Kauffman

— CUMBERLAND — Brian Grim, the Cumberland councilman who resigned that position to run for the city’s top job as mayor, won easily Tuesday and will be joined at the head table by two new council members, one incumbent and one who stays on because she lost a bid to become a state delegate.

The city’s charter required Grim to resign his council position so that he could compete for the mayor’s seat. Had he lost Tuesday, he would have been out of city government completely.

Grim received 3,490 votes to 1,151 for Herb Broll and 424 for Carol Taccino.

In the race for three open council seats, newcomers Nicholas Scarpelli and David F. Kauffman were first and second with 4,445 and 3,055 votes, respectively. Multiple-term in-cumbent Butch Hendershot will be back at the table, finishing third with 2,349 votes.

Veteran city councilman Pete Elliott was defeated, receiving 1,200 votes. Other candidates were Gary L. Logan with 981 and Carey A. Walker with 1,426.

The unofficial vote counts were supplied by City Clerk Margie Eirich. The totals include early voting, but not absentee or provisional ballots.

Mary Beth Pirolozzi, who lost to Kevin Kelly in the contest for state delegate, retains her city council seat. Because she sought an elected slot outside of city government, she was not required to resign.

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