Chris Hipp is the new mayor in Wakeman.
Hipp, of 53 River, earned 185 votes, defeating incumbent Stanley K. Wolfe, of 66 Pleasant St., who had 59 votes, and challengers Larry Cancel, of 22 Hyde St. and Chuck Moore, of 11 North St. Cancel earned 30 votes and Moore 21.
"I guess I'm at a loss for words," Hipp said. "I can't wait to get started actually. I'm very thankful. I just want to thank everyone for the tremendous support that I've had."
Hipp has owned Chris Hipp Landscaping for nearly 18 years, and is a political newcomer. However, he said he has regularly attended council meetings over the years.
"I want to give people a reason to come to Wakeman," said Hipp, whose grandfather, John Burke, was Wakeman's mayor in the 60s.
"I just can't wait to get started dressing the town up," Hipp said.
He said another priority is lowering the village's water rate one of the highest around, he said.
Finally, he said he perhaps might want to start a small industrial park.
As for council, Wakeman voters retained one incumbent and ousted the other. Challenger James A. Morman, of 25 Clark St., was the top vote-getter with 202. Kathleen Marie Frey, of 50 River St., returns to council after earning 146 votes. The other incumbent, Marilyn J. Dillon, of 39 Pearl St., earned 114 votes.
"I'm looking forward to the next four years serving the village," said Morman.
He said he wants to make sure village officials consistently enforce all ordinances, police are well-equipped and attract businesses to the village.
Morman attributed his victory to being a business owner himself. He owns Morman-Hinman-Tanner Funeral Home in Berlin Heights, as well as Morman Funeral Home in Wakeman.
"I think folks know me pretty well," Mormon said. "As a businessman it kind of lends itself to being on council."
Frey and Dillon were unavailable for comment.
GREENWICH Mike Lloyd and Jerry L. Shoemaker won their races for village council.
A political newcomer, Lloyd, of 21 N. Railroad St., was the top vote-getter with 126. Incumbent Jerry L. Shoemaker, of 82 New St., returns after earning 94 votes, while another incumbent, Donald Terry Oney, of 60 S. Kniffin St., came up short with 74. Another challenger, John Tice, of 55 W. Main St., had 65 votes.
"I'm glad the way it turned out," Shoemaker said. "I enjoy serving the public."
Shoemaker, now in his fifth term, said a priority is to continue the separation of water and sewer lines.
Lloyd and Tice were unavailable for comment.
In Plymouth, voters ousted incumbent Richard Helms in the village council race. He garnered 174 votes in Huron and Richland counties combined. In Huron County, Helms earned 79 votes and 95 votes in Richland County.
Newcomer Michael J. Lindenberger gained a seat, receiving 243 votes in both counties combined. In Huron County, he received 110 votes and in Richland County 133 votes.
Another newcomer, Dwayne W. Cassidy, collected 184 votes of the total vote to earn a seat. In Huron County, he received 79 votes and in Richland County, 105 votes.