West Chester Township voters ousted one of Butler County’s longest-tenured local officials Tuesday.
Catherine Stoker, who was seeking her sixth term in office, was edged out of the race by incumbent Lee Wong and challenger Mark Welch, according to unofficial results from the Butler County Board of Elections.
Wong, the top vote-getter, received 28 percent of the vote for his third term in office, followed by Welch with 26 percent of the vote. Challenger Matthew King came in fourth place with 20 percent of the vote.
Wong and Welch will join trustee George Lang when they’re seated in January.
“The voters were clearly ready for a change. Fortunately, so am I,” said Stoker, who said she and husband Mike look forward to the impending birth of a granddaughter and spending time with family in California.
“The past 20 years were great; I can’t wait to find what interesting times the next 20 will bring,” she said.
In Liberty Township, voters retained incumbent trustees Christine Matacic and Tom Farrell over challengers Jeff Newman and Robert Coogan.
Matacic was re-elected for her fourth term and Farrell, who was appointed earlier this year to fill the vacant seat of Patrick Hiltman, was elected to his first term.
“I believe my qualification , business experience and passion for liberty coupled with a great support group were all factors leading to my election, however I think knocking on over 2,500 doors and meeting many residents for the first time was the most rewarding and effective of the campaign strategies,” said Farrell.
Election results are not official until certified by the Butler County Board of Elections.