Findlay Mayor Christina Muryn celebrates Tuesday night during a gathering at the Hancock Hotel, after she won the Republican nomination for mayor. (Photo by Kevin Bean)

Staff Writer

Findlay Mayor Christina Muryn won her first election Tuesday, defeating both of her challengers decisively to take the Republican nomination for mayor.

This is her third attempt to win election to a public office.

“It feels really good,” Muryn said late Tuesday. “I have really felt at peace these past few days that we did everything that we could do, and tonight the voters would decide one way or another.”

Muryn said she’s excited about the confidence that voters have placed in her, and said she won’t let them down.

Muryn won with 2,248 votes, or 46.62 percent. Hancock County Commissioner Brian Robertson finished in second place with 1,475 votes, or 30.95 percent, and Findlay 1st Ward Councilwoman Holly Frische finished in third place with 1,099 votes, or 22.79 percent.

All vote totals are unofficial and include absentee ballots, according to the Hancock County Board of Elections.

In November, Muryn will face Democrat Chad Benschoter, 501 Edinborough Drive. Benschoter, a small business owner, was unopposed in the Democratic primary.

Muryn, 27, of 2033 Old Mill Road, was appointed as interim mayor in February by the Hancock County Republican Central Committee to serve out the term of former Mayor Lydia Mihalik. Mihalik resigned after she was named to a position in state government in January.

While there is still one more election to go, Muryn said Tuesday’s win will allow her to focus more on working with her team “to accomplish what we want to in the next couple of months and the next couple of years.”

Muryn said she had a grassroots campaign, with a lot of volunteers agreeing to go door to door attesting to her experience and credibility.

Muryn served as director of business and physical development for the Pain Management Group, Findlay, prior to taking the mayor’s office.

She has said it’s her “deep love” for Findlay, and her desire for it to be a place where “everyone feels welcome and heard” that prompted her to run.

“Grassroots is what won this election,” she said.

Findlay’s mayors are elected to four-year terms. The mayor’s salary in 2020, which is set by city ordinance, will be $75,229.

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