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Some changes are coming to City Hall. Three City council positions were up for grabs in today’s election and a handful of candidates were vying for those seats.
Ruth Hughs came away as the leading vote getter, garnering over 400 votes for 28.8% of the vote. She bested the second place candidate Kenny Massey by 140 votes. The race for the third and final spot was much tighter as John Fiore edged Jerry Trober by 12 votes.
Maria Nelson came in 5th 30 votes behind Trober and Chris Fiedler rounded out the list a distant 6th.
When we asked Hughs about her huge win she said “I can’t believe it. I’m just so humbled and honored to serve the citizens of Eudora. I appreciate all those who lent their support to me.”
John Fiore talked about how he was excited to be added to the City Council. “I appreciate all the voters faith in me. I will work hard to represent the people well.”
Kenny Massey, who decided to move away from the School Board and to the City Council spoke to us and talked about how “this is a new challenge for me and a new perspective. I’m looking forward to that challenge in the future.”
Incumbent Maria Nelson, who fell short in her bid for a second term, was saddened by the news of the loss but was upbeat about the future. “I’m very happy to have served the last four years. I’m also very happy to be handing over the reins to a group of great people.”
The newcomer to the race, Chris Fiedler summed up the race and the results saying “Congratulations to those who won. It was a pleasure to run against everyone and do it in a good, clean race. I look forward to cotniue being involved in the community in the coming years.”
The new Council should be sworn in at the April 11th City Council meeting.
News and notes about the numbers:
Voter turnout was fair with approximately 15% of the voters casting ballots. The lowest percentage turnout was in Central Eudora with 12.6% of votes cast and the largest was in the north precinct where they has 17.3%.
Jerry Trober tied with Rugh Hughs in the north precinct with 75 votes. Trober’s numbers in the south district were extremely low which knocked him down to 4th place in the race.
Massey had good enough numbers on the West side of town to propel him into second. Massey finished third in the other three precincts.
According to the numbers we have, just under 700 voters turned out for the City Council election. There are just over 4800 registered voters in the city.