The unofficial results for Wayne County came just after 10:30 Tuesday night and voters have chosen the Republican nominees for mayor in Wooster and Orrville.
With 1,807 votes, Bob Reynolds claimed victory over Mike Buytendyk by roughly 600 votes and will run on the Republican ticket for Wooster mayor in November.
In Orrville, Matt Plybon sought out a win over his opponent, Darrell Mosley II, by 22 votes in the Republican primary. With 646 votes, Plybon’s name will appear in the fall ballot for mayor.
Matt Plybon wins Republican nomination for mayor in Orrville
Plybon was, at first, speechless when he saw the election results, which were not final until certified by the county Board of Elections.
He and his opponent Mosley were neck-and-neck most of the night in the hotly contested race. In the end, Plybon managed to snag the top spot.
“It was a roller coaster tonight. I did a lot of work yesterday going door to door,” he said. “Mr. Mosley ran a great race. He’s a great citizen of Orrville, and we will see great things from him.”
Orrville mayor’s race: Darrell Mosley, Matt Plybon vie for the Republican nomination
Plybon is a lifelong educator and administrator with combined 30-plus years of experience in Orrville and Massillon schools.
With that experience, he said, he would run the city like a larger school district by pooling resources, respecting all views and maintaining and building relationships.
Mosley is an Orrville City Councilman and an entrepreneur who owns a lawn mowing business and Mosley’s Motivated Mindset, a life and small business coaching program.
In his campaign, he outlined four points to improve the city – youth resilience, economic and community development, public safety and communication and engagement.
Wooster sees Bob Reynolds finish first on Republican ticket for mayor
Reynolds, now the Republican mayoral pick for the city of Wooster, was elected to an at-large council seat in 2021 and is chair of the Laws and Ordinances Committee.
He was also on the Wooster City Schools Board of Education from 2008 to 2015.
His opponent, the 69-year-old Buytendyk, is the president of Wooster City Council, having held the position for over 13 years. He has been a member of the council for 16 years.
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Both are practicing lawyers with Buytendyk specializing in taxation, probate law, municipal law, business planning and litigation, and Reynolds practicing real estate and zoning law.
The candidates identified housing and city-business relations as primary concerns while also expressing opinions on the state of historic districts, homelessness and community involvement at a public forum in April.
This article originally appeared on The Daily Record: Mayoral primary: Wooster, Orrville pick Bob Reynolds, Matt Plybon