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Light defeats Duncan in mayor's election

By CARY ASHBY & LYNANNE VUCOVICH • Nov 7, 2019 at 8:44 AM

Norwalk will have a new mayor starting in 2020.

Dave Light, a Democrat, defeated Republican incumbent Rob Duncan in Tuesday’s election. According to the unofficial results from the Huron County Board of Elections, Light had nearly 62 percent of the votes (2,121 votes), compared to about 38 percent (1,501 votes) for Duncan.

“Esctatic on one the hand (and) so excited, but it’s very humbling,” said Light as he attempted to control his emotions while celebrating with friends and family. “I knew it was going to be an uphill battle, but all these people have been campaigning all year long nonstop.”

Going door to door, Light said he learned what “the needs and wants” of the Norwalk residents are. The mayor-elect was enthusiastic in expressing his gratitude in his family’s assistance during the campaign.

Light’s campaign was a family affair. His son Nate designed his father’s website while his daughter Micki designed the campaign T-shirts, which feature a lighthouse, and the campaign float in the Fourth of July parade.

In December, Light announced he would be running in the mayor’s race.

“I didn’t do this because I needed a job; I did it because I’m at a good point in my life to get something done,” he said.

He served Norwalk as a police officer for 34 years, retiring Feb. 16, 2018 after nearly nine years as the chief. The 1975 Norwalk High School graduate currently is a pre-trial probation officer through Huron County Common Pleas Court. 

Duncan was seeking his third term. He defeated Councilman Dave Wallace in the May 7 Republican primary. Wallace, who represented the second ward on city council, decided not to seek re-election.

“I would like to congratulate David and wish him the best and obviously we’re disappointed, but believe firmly that God has a plan for my family and in the end we’re good. We’re looking forward to seeing what’s ahead,” said Duncan, who noted he’s “extremely proud” of his record in Norwalk.

Part of that record, he said is “being able to have a $ 2.1 million (budget) carry-over every year” and getting the new fire station built “without borrowing a penny or owing a penny.”

“We’ve had some fabulous road projects. Norwalk’s in a good place and hopefully, it will move forward,” Duncan said. “I got to be a part of history. … There’s a lot of good memories.”

Duncan expressed the support he’s received over his eight years as mayor.

“Norwalk is a great place. I love it and I hope everyone will keep pitching in and make Norwalk the best place it can be,” he said. 

“I’ve been campaigning for a full year and I’m looking forward to getting reacquainted with my family. All I know is God has always taken care of us and He will again.”

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