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December 31, 2013

Election night creates some major changes

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.

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