Arblaster, Merritt join Tipp Council

Kessler reelected for third term

By Cecilia Fox -

TIPP CITY — Three voters have been selected from a field of six for the Tipp City Council

Incumbent councilman John Kessler was reelected for another term, receiving 19 percent of the vote. He will be joined by Carrie Arblaster (23 percent) and Tom Merritt (nearly 16 percent.)

“This is an absolute honor,” Arblaster said. “I fully intend to make good on the confidence the voters have placed in me.”

Arblaster ran for council unsuccessfully two years ago and said that the relationships she formed during her first campaign helped her to win this time.

She is ready to make the transition to local government and to implement her goals for the city, which include sustainable growth and public safety.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to serve on city council.” Merritt said. Merritt chose not to seek reelection for his seat on the Board of Education, but said that his experience on the board will be an asset to council.

“Thank you to those who supported me,” he said. “I hope that residents know that I will be a council member they can talk to. I’m always willing to talk.”

Kessler has served two terms on council and said that he is excited for the possibility of having another four years to accomplish more long term goals.

Candidates John Roberts, Andrew Thornbury, and William Roberts also ran.

Kessler reelected for third term

By Cecilia Fox