By Melissa Klaric
Herald Staff Writer
Voters have chosen to fill the three seats up for grabs on Sharon City Council with incumbents Bill James and Ed Palanski along with newcomer the Rev. Adam Trambley.
Bob Lucas, 62, Sharon’s last mayor who lost his job because voters approved home rule government with a professional city manager, fell short of the votes needed to win a seat.
“I knew it was a tough battle because I was one person. I didn’t bother putting a committee together,” Lucas said. “The ‘Move Sharon Forward’ committee spent a lot of money trying to defeat me and they did.”
Trambley, 42, a Democrat, is rector at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Sharon. He also serves on the Sharon Street Authority and the board of Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County.
Trambley and Palanski agreed that they were ready to move Sharon forward.
“I’m very grateful; I had a lot of people who supported me, helped at the polls, and voted for me,” Trambley said. “There’s a lot of great things happening in the city now and to be able to keep working with people in the city is a real honor.”
Palanski said that Sharon has a great council, and will help keep Sharon going in the right direction.
“Trambley will be a great addition; Bill James and I have a great relationship,” Palanski said.
Palanski, 64, an independent, works in leadership and organizational development through his company, EMPA Consulting Group LLC.
James, 53, a Democrat, owns Bill’s Avenue Lottery in Sharon. He said they have a good team on the council, and regrets that one candidate had to lose.
He summed up the election by saying, “People voted the way they wanted it.”