SIDNEY — Mayor Mike Barhorst was overwhelmingly re-elected to an at-large seat on Sidney City Council Tuesday, garnering 3,258 votes, according to unofficial results.
Newcomer Joe Ratermann also was elected. He was the second highest vote-getter, with 2,298. Incumbent Janet Born also was re-elected, with 1,988 votes. Longtime Councilman Rick Sims, with 1,933 votes, was defeated.
Barhorst said he was “gratified and appreciative” about the election results, “especially considering how it started out.”
Barhorst almost didn’t make it on the ballot. The Shelby County Board of Elections in August rejected Barhorst’s nominating petition based on what it said was a discrepancy in the number of signatures on his petition. The board said “the Circulator Statement indicated the number of signatures witnessed but contained more signatures appearing on the petition. … A circulator cannot witness fewer signatures than what appears on the petition.”
Barhorst appealed the board’s decision to Shelby County Common Pleas Court. That court ruled that Barhorst’s name could be on the ballot. The lower court’s decision later was affirmed by the 3rd District Court of Appeals.
Born said she “really didn’t know” if she would be re-elected, but she is looking forward to “seeing how some of the projects and issues (with which council is involved) will fare.”
Sims, who first came on council in 1994; was vice mayor from 2001 to 2005; and was defeated in 2007, before returning to council for his current term, said he had “no regrets. I’ve been on a long time.”
“This was going to be my last term,” said Sims, who added he will continue to be involved in the community in other ways.
Ratermann could not be reached for comment before press time.
Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News
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