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Republican Wins; Councilman Fails in Bid to be First Black Mayor

November 6, 1991

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ Republican Greg Lashutka on Tuesday narrowly defeated Democratic Councilman Ben Espy’s bid to become the city’s first black mayor.

Lashutka succeeds Mayor Dana Rinehart, who did not seek a third term after admitting he had an affair with a member of his Cabinet.

With all precincts reporting, Lashutka had 85,233 votes or 52 percent, to Espy’s 77,845 or 48 percent.

Lashutka was city attorney from 1978 until 1985.

Espy has been on the City Council for 10 years.

Rinehart, who in 1989 campaigned for honesty and ethics, admitted having an affair with Human Services Director Brenda Dodrill, who resigned in April. Dodrill divorced her husband and married Rinehart last weekend.

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