The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Clinton

November 6, 2013

Determann, Wilke earn seats

CLINTON — In a turn of events that shocked even the victorious, two candidates were elected out-right to at-large seats on the Clinton City Council on Tuesday.  

Tom Determann and Grant Wilke gained more than the 1,680 votes needed to win a seat Tuesday, avoiding a run-off election.

Determann led the race, receiving 2,126 or 31 percent of the vote. Wilke received 1,902 votes or 28 percent.  

“I was surprised. I think everyone thought there was going to be a run-off,” Wilke said.

If none or only one candidate had received more than the 1,680-vote threshold, the top four or two candidates would have faced off in an election next month, respectively.  

Although they are not facing another month of campaigning for the at-large seats, both believe the real challenge will come when they take their council seats.  

“I’m ecstatic. The voters have spoken and now we have to go to work. And there is a lot of hard work ahead,” Determann said.

Wilke agreed, saying it will be up to the entire community, not just the council and the mayor, to move the city forward. Both cited the city’s finances as the first item to be addressed once they take office.  

“We just have to focus on what’s the best for Clinton and what is going to make this the best place to be,” Wilke said.  

Trailing Determann and Wilke was Andy Sokolovich with 1,253 votes. While this was his first attempt at an elected office, Sokolovich disclosed it would not be his last.  

“I will be back again in two years to run again,” Sokolovich said.

Ousted incumbent Jennifer Graf also alluded to another run at elected office.  

“I’m not going anywhere,” she said. “I will be back.”  

Graf, who was seeking her second term on the council in an at-large position, received 867 votes, or 12.9 percent.  

In the time in-between 2015 when an at-large, second ward, fourth ward council seat as well as the mayor position will be up, she wished the newly elected council members luck.

“It’s been a privilege to serve the citizens of Clinton,” she said.  

Andrew Luett, who received 565 votes, or 8.41 percent of those cast, said he didn’t know if his name would be back on a ballot anytime soon. While he wished the elected council members well, he expressed some sadness that voters didn’t opt for what he offered.  

“I had a different perspective,” Luett said. “I thought Clinton would have wanted that younger voice.”

1
Text Only
Clinton
  • 7-24-14 1B-Photo, Choice 2 Cinderella run ends DUBUQUE — The playoff run was fun while it lasted. Dubuque Hempstead, the No. 1-ranked baseball team in Class 4A entering Wednesday, ended Clinton’s chances at back-to-back appearances in the state tournament in Des Moines. The Mustangs knocked out t

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • 7-24-14 Used Book Sale Prep Finding a (temporary) new home CLINTON — The harsh winter delivered a devastating loss to the Friends of the Library.Now, months later, the Friends have regrouped and are ready to showcase its used books — albeit in a new school building.For several years, the Friends hosted its a

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Man charged with burglarizing cars CLINTON — A homeless Clinton man is currently held in the Clinton county jail on a $2,000 cash bond, on charges related to the Monday morning burglary of parked cars.Austin W. E. Housley, 20, is charged with possession of burglary tools, two counts o

    July 24, 2014

  • LUMBERKINGS Barbosa uses past as motivation CLINTON — Clinton LumberKings outfielder Aaron Barbosa is just like one of the guys, but his path to Clinton is unlike the others.Barbosa was undrafted after playing his college baseball at Northeastern University, but he had a chance to display his

    July 24, 2014

  • 7-24-14 1B-Photo, LumberKings pitcher Homestand starts with a victory CLINTON — Eddie Campbell allowed one run in his sixth quality start of the year Wednesday as Clinton opened a six-game homestand against the best two teams from the Midwest League’s Eastern Division with a 4-2 win against West Michigan at Ashford Uni

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Stewart McCaskill photo McCaskill settles into new role at shoe store CLINTON — An Oklahoma boy at heart, Stewart McCaskill is settling into Clinton and Brown’s Shoe Fit.The 35-year-old has worked with the Brown’s Shoe Fit company for seven years. His brother-in-law, who manages a Brown’s in Colorado, brought Stewart i

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Council backs down CLINTON – By Tuesday’s end, many were content with the Clinton City Council’s decision. Property owners adjacent to the proposed 13th Avenue North and North 14th Street sidewalk sites are happy they won’t be assessed to build the sidewalks; four of s

    July 24, 2014

  • UPDATED: Arbitrator rules in favor of Clinton firefighters

    Gallagher rules in favor of Union's wages and insurance proposals over the city's.

    July 23, 2014

  • 7-23-14 3B-Photo, Clinton baseball Kings feel re-energized (with VIDEOS & PHOTO ALBUM)

    CLINTON -- There’s nothing like a postseason run to get the juices flowing again and jumpstart a baseball season that at times was trying.The atmosphere around the Clinton High School program is upbeat these days. One game away from a second consecut

    July 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • At the pool Summer heat may be temporary (wtih VIDEO)

    CLINTON — Just two days past the mid-point of summer, Clinton recorded its first 90 degree day of the season.Though it's not a very common summer trend in the Clinton area, there have actually been several July months over the years that never even r

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

Clinton Herald Photos


Browse, buy and submit pictures with our photo site.

Facebook