Vince DiFabrizio Re-Elected Mayor in Bellaire
BELLAIRE — Village voters elected Bellaire Mayor Vince DiFabrizio to a fourth term, according to Tuesday’s unofficial vote totals.
DiFabrizio received 421 votes, while his challenger Councilman Dan Brown received 214 votes. Despite a recent move to South Carolina, write-in candidate Martha Tedeschi received five votes.
Voters also selected Bellaire Village Council members and chose members of the Bellaire Local Schools Board of Education.
Brown’s seat on Village Council was not up for election this year, but Bellaire voters had to choose four members to council. Incumbents re-elected included Nikki Liberatore, who received 345 votes and Donny Maupin, 410. Newcomer Gay Lucci received 332 votes to secure a seat on council.
Brown said he wanted to thank everyone who voted for him this election. He will retain his council seat.
“It was positive and we stayed positive,” Brown said of campaign.
DiFabrizio said he is ready to serve for a fourth term.
“I want to thank all the good people in Bellaire for electing me to serve them,” he said.
DiFabrizio said there still is a lot of work to do in the village in terms of improving infrastructure and cleaning up the village. However, he believes he has the right people in the right positions to get the job done. For example, the recent hiring of Richard “Dick” Flanagan as code enforcer proved to be a positive for the village, he said. Other officials are also doing a good job, he added.
“The main thing is to have good, key people working for you. … And people are taking pride in what we have now,” DiFabrizio said.
DiFabrizio added Tedeschi withdrew her name from the race because she moved to South Carolina.
This is why a sign at the polling place warned people that votes for her would not count.
Bellaire Village Clerk Tom Sable ran unopposed and received 498 votes.
For the Bellaire Board of Education race, five candidates vied for three seats. The top vote recipients were John LaRoche with 1,087 votes; Mike Dossie, 923 votes; and Jim Thoburn, 991 votes.
Incumbent Charles Jason Ayers lost his re-election bid receiving 750 votes. Incumbent Mike Wallace also fell short by receiving 793 votes.
At the village of Bellaire’s polling location — the Forest Hills Community Center in West Bellaire — Bellaire police officer Hank Martin said proceedings were quiet but busy during his shift.
“I’m glad to see people come out in this weather,” Martin said, referring to the cold rain. “It’s good when people get involved in their business.”
Poll worker Beulah Mehl said the polling location remained active throughout the day.
“It’s been pretty busy. It’s faster than I expected it to be,” Mehl said.
Extra signage pointing voters in the direction of the polling location were posted Tuesday night in an effort to guide motorists through a marked detour in the area.
The detour has been in place because of a massive stormwater pipe replacement project.
The job is expected to be complete sometime next week, with repaving to follow if asphalt still is being made at local plants.