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ZOAR (WJER) - Zoar residents will be deciding a familiar matchup in the village race for mayor.

Current Mayor Scott Gordon faces write-in candidate Judy Meiser, who lost her bid for the office in 2015 to Gordon by two votes. Gordon took over as mayor following Larry Bell’s death in 2015.

Gordon says his history in Zoar, as well as his job experience as a chemical engineer, make him the right person for the job.

“The one thing that probably helps me most is my experience with teaching and implementing management systems in all kinds of industries, and I sort of use that approach as being mayor because a lot of issues really require some management skills,” he says.

Gordon says he would like to work on creating a trail that connects with the Ohio and Erie Towpath and also see Zoar’s levee restoration through if elected.

Meiser says she believes she could bring a broad perspective to the mayor’s office, having worked for the village in a number of capacities.

“My long-term residency, number one. Having filled all the positions as the clerk, council person and also as the mayor and like I said, currently on council at this time. I guess the best qualification is just being here 53 years and knowing the village the way that I do,” she says.

Meiser says she would like to see more action being taken within village council. She says they have to take care of all Zoar residents including those outside the historical area. 

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