Archive for Thursday, April 7, 2005

Council, School Board winners ready to work

Whitten earns highest council vote

April 7, 2005

Eudora Mayor-Elect Tom Pyle received the vote of confidence he asked for, and was optimistic about the future of Eudora and the city council after Tuesday's election results were tallied.

Lori Fritzel and Bill Whitten were each elected Tuesday to fill the two open positions on the Eudora City Council.

The night's top vote-getter was Whitten, who received 521 votes, or 36.9 percent of the 2,627 total votes cast. Fritzel received 507 votes, or 35.9 percent.

Those numbers put them ahead of the third-place vote- getter, Tim Reazin, who received 357 votes, or 25.3 percent of the total.

Although he had removed himself from the running, Joseph Hurla's name still appeared on the ballot and he received 26 votes, or 1.8 percent.

Whitten said he was excited to be on the City Council and hoped he could get more people involved in participating in city government. He said he was looking forward to being a voice for Eudora citizens.

"I'm still there for the people, to get in there and do the best job I can and to make the decisions that are going to affect the city in the greatest manner," Whitten said.

Pyle, who ran unopposed for the mayoral position, said he was looking forward to working with Fritzel and Whitten and believed the new council members would work well together.

"I think we're going to have a good working council," Pyle said.

Pyle said that as the new mayor he was looking forward to meeting with applicants and hiring a new city administrator.

"I know we'll continue on with it because it's getting to be a really big job and I'm the only one who's in town all day," Pyle said of having an administrator. "This way you'll have someone who is available all the time."

The new Council will be sworn in at Monday's City Council meeting. The old council will start the meeting before the new council is sworn in, and the new council will finish the meeting.

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