Update: Jean Ford reflects on election loss
The results of Tuesday's Wood County primary mean a record-setting tenure for the mayor of Williamstown is about to come to an end.
Actually, it's two records set by Mayor Jean Ford, who reflected on her tenure Thursday.
Ford was the first woman elected to that office-back in 1997-and her 23 years in office are a record for longevity.
She says she helped put the city on solid financial ground, with the establishment of a 1% sales tax, and oversaw improvements to Tomlinson Park, as well as a continuation of Williamstown's "Tree City U.S.A." designation.
She plans to continue being active in the city.
"It's with great pride that I leave," Ford said Thursday, "and the people of Williamstown know that I'm not going anywhere; I'll still be living here and being with them. So if I'm needed, they'll know where I am."
Ford looks forward to completion of a roundabout to better control traffic at route 14 and interstate 77, on which construction work began late last year.
She also looks ahead to the opening of a new Williamstown Elementary School-another project she was involved in-when school resumes late this summer.
Williamstown Mayor Jean Ford has lost her bid for re-election.
Paul Jordan defeated Ford 542 to 456 according to final, unofficial results from the Wood County Clerk’s Office.
Jordan, a past firefighter and fire investigator, lost to Ford in 2018.
Ford has been mayor of Williamstown for 23 years.