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Jolene Born came out the winner in the election for the Eudora City Commission. Born garnered 204 votes after the final tallies came in. Finishing second and winning re-election was Tim Reazin with 184 votes. Eudora Mayor Scott Hopson finished in third with 162 votes and Jerry Trober came in a distant fourth with 79.
“I’m very pleased to be serving the citizens of Eudora for the next four years,” Born said about her win. “I want to thank all those that came out and voted for me. ”
Born, who is a relative newcomer to the city having moved here three years ago, said that she plans on jumping right in and contributing quickly.
“I want to see exactly where we are at,” Born told us. “I look to continue all the projects that are currently in the works and help push them forward to completion.”
Tim Reazin who will serve his second term on the City Commission was also appreciative of the voters.
“I’m excited for the outcome. I’ve really enjoyed serving in Eudora and I appreciate the opportunity to serve a second term,” Reazin stated. “Our city has a very bright future and I’m glad to have a part in that future.”
Reazin acknowledged his opponents with positive comments.
“The mayor has done a great job helping our city move towards our future goals and I’m glad I had the opportunity to serve with him,” Reazin said. “I look forward to a fresh face on the commission and would like to congratulate Jolene on her commission spot.”
With Born and Reazin on the Commission, Mayor Scott Hopson will face having another break from City offices. Hopson took a two year break between his previous term on the Eudora City Council and running for Mayor of Eudora in 2009.
“I’m really, really happy for Jolene,” Hopson said. “But I feel like a big weight has been taken off my shoulders.”
When we asked Hopson about the reason behind his comment about his loss, he declined to give specifics about why he felt that way. Hopson, who did participate in the candidate forum sponsored by Eudorareporter.com, did not campaign as vigorously as he had in previous elections. Hopson did no advertising, yard signs or go door to door this time around.
“I’m proud of what we did in the last couple of years,” Hopson said reflecting on his time in office. “Harrenstein (referring to former City Administrator John Harrenstein), I and the Commissioners got some great things accomplished over the last couple of years.”
Other current commissioners praised Hopson on his time in office.
“I hate to see Scott go,” Commissioner Kenny Massey said. “He is very passionate about the city.”
Massey also remarked about his excitement to see Born join the ranks of the Commission.
“In my conversations with her prior to the election, she seems like she is just as passionate as Scott. I look forward to her being a part of the Commission.”
Commissioner Ruth Hughs echoed the sentiments of Massey.
“I have enjoyed serving with Mayor Hopson for the last three years,” Hughs stated. “He has been very dedicated during my time on the Commission to serving the citizens of Eudora.”
Hughs also was pleased the new Commissioner as well.
“I’m looking forward to serving again with Tim and look to welcome Jolene as our newest member of the Commission.”
Born will replace Bill Whitten on the Commission who decided not to run for reelection. Born and Reazin will be sworn in at the April 22 City Commission meeting. The very first task on the plate of the new Commission, will be to determine how they select which one of the five of them will be Mayor. With the form of government change that was approved by voters during the November 2012 General election, residents no longer vote for a mayor, they only vote for the Commissioners and then it is up to the Commission to select the Mayor from among the Commission members. It has yet to be determined how that selection process will take place.