Suzie Gibbs, a veteran council member and strong supporter of Dave Shepard’s losing mayoral bid to Steve Schowengerdt, won an easy re-election bid over challenger Bill Nichols, 448-252, taking 64 percent of the vote in Ward 4. Gibbs and Shepard will continue to represent the ward on the new council.
Nichols, who runs the site, savemission.net has been a frequent critic of the current administration and usually videotapes council meetings. He also is party to the lawsuit challenging the Transportation Utility Fee (TUF) often referred to as the “driveway tax” by critics.
Another incumbent, Debbie Kring, who supported Shepard, was unopposed in Ward 3. Steven Lucas won the Ward 1 seat to replace Lawrence Andre by beating Jay Meyer. Lucas won 165-130 with more than 55 percent of the vote. Lucas supported Shepard and has articulated some of the same positions that Shepard took in the campaign.
The only incumbent to lose a seat Tuesday was Will Vandenberg who was defeated by Arcie Rothrock, 207-161. Vandenberg congratulated Rothrock at the Schowengerdt poll watching party Tuesday. Vandenberg, who occupies Schowengerdt’s former council seat, described Rothrock as a friend and neighbor.
Besides, Shepard, the other council members who did not face re-election are Amy Miller, Jennifer Cowdry and Pat Quinn.