In January, the Plain City Village Council will welcome four new members to their open council seats. Nine candidates ran for the four openings including one incumbent and several newcomers to the office. The four winners won with more than 1,000 votes between them.
Shannon Pine won with 264, Darren Lee with 253, Jody Carney with 247, and Sherry Heineman with 240 votes. Current councilman, James Moore, was the only incumbent running for re-election but received only 159 votes. The remaining candidates were Ben Budd with 78, Blake Haines with 163, Steve Rice with 234 and Robert Benner Scott with 149.
“I’m very excited and honored to be able to represent Plain City in council,” said Jody Carney. “This is my first time running for public office although I have served on boards and in organizations in the past.”
Carney previously worked as the organization director for the Farm Bureau of Delaware, Franklin, Madison and Union counties from 2011-2013. She said she waited a few years to run as she wanted to get more acquainted with the community.
“I also worked and had a schedule that didn’t allow me to have free evenings,” she said. “Now that it’s more open, I can be there for council meetings and other things going on in the community.” In addition to taking care of her two children, she also sells corn and soybean seeds to local farmers.
Reach Michael Williamson at 740-852-1616, ext. 1619.