Voters in Ward 1 elected Julie Allesee by a landslide.
Waiting at the AMVETS Club with her campaign committee and supporters, Allesee was buzzing with nervous tension as they waited for the election results. At approximately 8:50 p.m., her campaign chairwoman, Lori Susie announced that Allesee had won the election.
“I really don’t know what I thought going in here, but I’m really pleased to have won this election,” Allesee said.
According to unofficial numbers from the Clinton County Auditor’s office, Allesee received 448 votes, or 81.75 percent of the vote. Her opponent, Maggie Klaes, received 100 votes, 18.25 percent.
A current member of the council, Allesee had to run again due to redistricting. She confided that she had considered running in the at-large race, until she saw how many candidates were vying for the two spots.
“I really appreciate this and I think that we all have a really big job to do,” Allesee said. Her first concern is maintaining a stable budget in the city.
Allesee thanked her campaign committee, comprised of Susie, Donna Pinter, Beth Griswold, Barb Jacobsen and Brenda Thornton.
“I think she’ll do a great job,” Susie said.
She added the committee was pleased for Allesee and is confident she will do her best to make sure Clinton is an “awesome place to live and grow.”
Allesee also thanked her opponent for the support and service she has given to the city. Klaes was unavailable for comment Tuesday.