By Samantha Pidde
Herald Staff Writer
CLINTON — Clinton and Camanche city government saw big changes as a result of November’s election.
Clinton saw a number of candidates running for the open positions. Grant Wilke, Andy Sokolovich, Andrew Leutt, Tom Determann and incumbent Jennifer Graf ran for the two at-large seats on the council.
The results of this race shocked many. With so many candidates vying for the two positions, many expected a run-off election of the top four candidates in December. However, Tom Determann and Grant Wilke each gained more than the 1,680 votes needed to avoid a run-off.
Determann received the most votes with 2,126, or 31 percent of the vote. Wilke took 28 percent; 1,902 votes.
Sokolovich received 1,253 votes. Graf, who was seeking her second term, received 867 votes, or 12.9 percent. Luett received 8.41 percent with 565 votes.
In the Ward 2, Lynn McGraw, who was running unopposed, was elected onto the council. The Ward 1 race saw incumbent Maggie Klaes going up against Julie Allesee, a Ward 2 councilwoman who had to run again due to redistricting. In the Ward 3, incumbent Bev Hermann ran against Ed O’Neill.
Allesee was elected by a landslide, winning 81.75 percent of the vote with 448 votes. Klaes, who was seeking her second term, received 100 votes, or 18.25 percent. Allesee said her first concern is maintaining a stable budget in the city.
O’Neill beat Hermann with nearly 61 percent of the votes. He received 596 of the 980 votes cast. Hermann, who was seeking her second term, received 384, or 39 percent.
This will be the second time on the council for O’Neill, who served as an at-large councilman from mid-2003 to 2006. He ran for mayor in 2011 and was defeated in a run-off election by now-Mayor Mark Vulich. O’Neill plans to focus on straightening out the city’s finances.
In Camanche, three new members were elected, ousting the incumbents. Marvin Lind, William Wruck and Mike McManus won with 624, 554 and 520 votes.
At a time when the city council is working on the creation of a new city hall, incumbents Linda Kramer and Greg Nelson were not re-elected. Kramer received 445 votes. Nelson garnered 334 votes.
Candidates Charlie Blount and Lewis Creed received 305 and 70 votes, respectively. Former councilman Gary Kampe dropped out of the race before the election, due to health concerns, but still received 172 votes.
In the same election, Camanche Mayor Ken Fahlbeck retained his seat, despite competition from current Councilman Trevor Willis. Fahlbeck beat Willis 58.06 percent to 41.85 percent. Willis will remain on the council.