Mike Lorentz wins mayoral election in Belpre

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MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - Mike Lorentz wins again. The incumbent and Democratic candidate for the Mayor of Belpre will retain his seat after the 2019 election. According to unofficial results, Lorentz won with 51% of the vote.

Mayor Lorentz will be entering his fourth term after defeating his two opponents: Judith Drake, a Republican city council member and Independent Romel “Boo” Henderson. Drake came in second place in the election with 32% of the vote and Henderson came in last place at 17%.

Lorentz says his next steps are to go to work Wednesday morning.

“I love where I live, and I love working for the people, and I’ll continue doing that for as long as I can,” said Lorentz.

Lorentz hopes to continue job growth in Belpre. He says around 400 jobs have been brought in in the last ten years.

“We’ve got to help get these businesses going. The ones we have, we need to support. We need to make sure infrastructure is up to snuff,” said Lorentz.

Lorentz is also hoping that new businesses will bring younger people and families into Belpre.

“I believe city council is going to get behind me, we can work as a team, you’re going to see Belpre do better in the next four to six years then we’ve done in the past ten. I just feel it,” said Lorentz

Watching the results come in just across the room from Lorentz was Independent candidate Romel Henderson. Though he did not win, Henderson is feeling alright about the loss.

“I gave it my all, and I appreciate the people who voted for me, and I appreciate the Lord for giving me a chance to be here to do this,” said Henderson.

Henderson says his next steps include continuing to coach youth sports.

“Well, it’s like this, you know, the people of Belpre have spoken, they said who they wanted, evidently they don’t want change, so therefore, I’ll think about it the next four years or I’ll do something different,” said Henderson.

Republican candidate Judith Drake will remain on city council until the end of the year, but after that she says she has no plans to continue her political career.

“I had a great group supporting me this time that stood behind me that believed in me and knew I would do a good job. But no, I have no plans for running for another election, thank you,” said Drake.