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Kimberly Hahn wins council at large seat

STEUBENVILLE – Kimberly Hahn plans to take today off after winning the city council at large race against incumbent Kenny Davis Tuesday by a 2,711 to 2,166 margin, according to unofficial results from the Jefferson County Board of Elections.

“I promised my supporters I would take a day off after the election and rest. It has been a long campaign, but I feel good,” Hahn said late Tuesday.

Hahn, a Republican, ran a well-funded grass roots campaign that saw her visit every neighborhood in the city and hold multiple coffee meetings with city residents.

“I feel like a wonderful responsibility has been granted to me. I have met so many wonder, sincere, honest and hard-working people in the community who feel like I do that we can and must do better. I now plan to work even harder for the people of Steubenville. I will be meeting with the council members, some who worked for Kenny Davis and some who worked for me, to forge a friendship. For the good of the city, we must be able to work together,” declared Hahn.

Davis had served one term as a council member and said Tuesday night his work is not done.

“I believe there is something I can do for this city and I will find it. I am not done and I will not go away. I wish Mrs. Hahn and the city the best.

“I believe the city is moving forward and I hope it continues to move forward,” Davis said late Tuesday.

Hahn led all candidates with $11,388.74 expenditures in the pre-election campaign finance filings at the Jefferson County board of elections.

Hahn said during her campaign more leadership was needed on the city council.

“I want to learn how things are set up in the city.

“I want to be prepared to listen. I hope we can promote more of a public forum because, in many cases, the solutions we are seeking are in the minds of our citizens.

“Unfortunately, there isn’t always enough openness at council meetings to hear ideas from our residents. I hope to hold open neighborhood meetings and townhall meetings to listen to our residents. I believe we need more open communication so we can hear each other and forge our future together,” Hahn said during her pre-election interview.

“Potential businesses come into town and they see a city with businesses working hard to succeed and boarded-up buildings. Then they read the reports about crime in the city. I believe we are very well situated within several hours of major cities around us. We have the river, rail and major highways for our transportation. We have affordable housing and a strong and experienced work force. Our city is on the cusp of a great future,” stressed Hahn.

“Bringing more businesses into our community can be done that will allow our city to grow. At times we take the approach that if it hasn’t been done yet it can’t be done here. When I mention the riverfront, people will cite the jail on the Ohio River. Pittsburgh has a jail on its riverfront, but look at how the city has developed the rest of its riverfront. I hear the train track mentioned as an obstruction, but instead of pointing at problems let’s find solutions,” said Hahn.

“We need to visit rust belt cities to see what is working and determine if we can use the ideas in Steubenville. We need to forge our future together. We can’t dwell in the past for our future to happen,” stated Hahn.

“I want our residents to have a say in what we are doing,” said Hahn.

(Gossett can be contacted at dgossett@heraldstaronline.com.)

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