Keith Ari Benjamin, who has never held elected office, was elected to Bratenahl Village council
Nov. 7, receiving 249 votes, or 16 percent, according to final, unofficial results from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.
Although Benjamin has worked in municipal government for 25 years and is director of community services for South Euclid, this is his first time he was on a ballot.
“I am humbled that the residents of Bratenahl are giving me the honor of letting me serve them as a councilperson for the next four years,” he said. “I am a relative newcomer to Bratenahl, I’ve only lived here for almost four years ... so it’s quite an honor,” adding that he will learn a lot when he takes office and has already learned from the race.
Five candidates competed for four seats on council. The other three council positions will be held by Mary Beckenbach, who received 375 votes, or 24 percent, James F. Puffenberger, who received 365 votes, or 23 percent, and Kathy Jones, who received 363 votes, or 23 percent. David S. Kozinski got 218 votes, or 14 percent.