ASHLAND — In a close match-up between current first ward councilman Steve Workman and former Ashland interim mayor Duane Fishpaw, voters chose to elect Workman to another term.
Workman narrowly retained Ashland’s first ward seat in a face off with former interim Ashland mayor Duane Fishpaw with a mere 52.86 percent of the vote, according to unofficial election results from the Ashland County Board of Elections.
"Thank you for your vote of confidence in Steve Workman and Dan Lawson, in the current administration because I think we all work well together and have a unified approach to improving Ashland," Workman said.
Lawson also won his election against Sandra Bally.
Current Ashland City Council president and first ward councilman, Workman was appointed unanimously by the city council as 1st Ward Councilman in January 2017 and the following year, he was nominated and elected president of the council.
In his pre-election interview, he promised to continue the overall cleanup of city, facilitate and address the need for increased housing, continue to facilitate economic development and support the demolition of the Hess and Clark building after the Pump House demolition is completed.
Further, he says, he’ll continue to review the consideration of returning the 911 Dispatch to Ashland, and long term, he intends to support the creation of a financial plan for future street paving and sidewalk maintenance throughout the city and address many storm drainage issues that have been brought to council’s attention.
Workman was raised in Wooster, and has now lived in Ashland County and Ashland City for 36 years. He graduated from Wooster High School with two years of training in agricultural business from The Wayne County Career Center. He holds a degree in advanced finance from the Institute of Financial Education Chicago, IL and has completed a Business Development Program at the Charles F. Dolan International School of Business, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT.
He has been employed in banking, accounting and finance for 37 years and is currently employed with Wenco Wendy’s Franchises as payroll specialist.
He is the current chairman of the Ashland County Planning Commission and Appleseed Community Mental Health Board and a current board member of the Ashland Community Improvement Corp. and the Ashland County Cancer Association.
His past roles include involvement with the United Way of Ashland County, the Kno-Ho-Co-Ashland Community Action Board, Ashland Board of Realtors, Ashland Housing Partners, Salvation Army and Habitat For Humanity of Ashland.