Archive for Thursday, April 5, 2007

No contest for Eudora council race

April 5, 2007

With no write-in candidate making an appearance, the three open seats on the Eudora City Council went to the only three candidates on Tuesday's ballot.

The most votes went to Councilman Jeff Peterson who received 271, or 35.8 percent of the 757 votes cast.

"Obviously, I'm grateful for the opportunity," Peterson said. "There wasn't a lot of competition for whatever reason, but still you know the voters had to make a selection and I'm very optimistic it's going to work well."

Peterson has already spent five months on the council after being appointed by Eudora Mayor Tom Pyle to replace former council member Kevin Miller. His term will last for four more years starting Monday.

Fred Stewart gained 241 votes, or 31.84 percent of the votes cast, and Maria Nelson received 245, or 32.36 percent. All results are unofficial until Friday when the county finishes canvassing.

Stewart filed for his position on the last day possible in January, when he found out only two candidates were running for the three open seats.

With the position set, the former Eudora mayor said he's prepared to serve the people of Eudora again.

"I'm just looking to do the best I can by the people of Eudora," Stewart said.

While both Stewart and Peterson have had experience on the council, Nelson comes on as a complete newcomer.

"I'm hoping to get some reading material on learning more about the city government and how everything runs and kind of catch up with where the current council is right now, so I can get up to speed and make our transition as easy as possible on everyone," she said.

Nelson said she was excited about the opportunity.

"We have a lot of progress to make -- a lot to learn," she said.

Peterson also expressed his optimism about the next four years.

"I do think we're going to have a council that will work very well together over the next few years," Peterson said.

The new council members will be sworn in at the next council meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Eudora City Hall, 4 East Seventh St.

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