Democratic Candidates Make Statement After Election Loss

  • 11/5/2019 11:40:44 PM
  • Jesse Smith
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH - After news broke that his incumbent opponent, Tim Theaker, retained his position as Mayor of Mansfield, mayoral candidate Don Bryant spoke to WMFD News, reacting to the loss with positivity and gratitude for those who supported him throughout his campaign.

"I think we worked very hard in this election," Bryant said. "We worked to move Mansfield forward. We sent a message across the city of Mansfield, across the state of Ohio, that this city is ready for change."

In the end, Theaker won with a tally of 3,380 votes, and Bryant trailed close behind with 3,354 - only 526 votes' difference.

"We did the best that we could, and we closed the gap. We closed the gap here," Bryant said, before offering congratulations to his opponent in this year's election. "Regardless of what happens, a big congratulations to Tim (Theaker) and to the current administration. Continue to move this city forward. I'm happy to work with the people here, even when my last days on city council are coming to an end. You know, this is my passion - working with people. I will never give up. Will that mean I will run for something else in the future? I don't know, but I'm happy. We've worked so hard. I'm happy that this was a genuine, authentic effort to really move Mansfield forward."

Aurelio Diaz, who ran for City Council President, felt similarly about his results, despite his own loss to Cliff Mears.

"I feel really good about the outcome of (the election)," said Diaz. "I felt going into it, that I was an underdog, but, you know, I felt relieved. I feel happy for my fellow candidates. Overall, I'm satisfied about the mission of keeping it centered around people. Hopefully that changes upcoming elections."

Diaz pulled in 3,290 votes, while Mears pulled in 3,843 votes - a difference of 553 votes.

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