Cochran, Kotses and McGee elected to city council, Issue 3 fails in Ohio

Emily Bohatch | News Editor

After months of debates and duking it out, three at-large city council candidates have emerged victorious.

Jennifer Cochran (D), Peter Kotses (D) and Pat McGee (I) will become sitting members of Athens City Council when the new year rolls around after Tuesday’s election.

And at 9:35 p.m. Tuesday, the Associated Press reported that Ohio voters rejected Issue 3, a ballot measure seeking to legalize recreational and medical marijuana.

The at-large council race was the only contested race in this year’s local elections.

Cochran, Kotses and McGee will join city council incumbents Kent Butler, D-1st Ward, Jeff Risner, D-2nd Ward, Michele Papai, D-3rd Ward, and Chris Fahl, D-4th Ward.

The only incumbent in the race, Cochran said she is going to keep pushing issues she has favored in council in the past.

Cochran was appointed to council in June 2013.

Long time Athens businessman Kotses announced his candidacy late last year. An Athens native, Kotses said he hopes to bring his experience as a business owner to the table to help improve the city he loves.

Affectionately known as “Set ‘em free McGee,” McGee said he will continue his work at OU’s Center for Student Legal Services during his tenure as a city councilman.

McGee was the last candidate to enter the race and was the only independent running.

There has not been an independent in city council in at least 20 years.


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