CAMANCHE — Unexpected defeat swept the city of Camanche as three new members were unofficially elected on Tuesday to represent the Camanche City Council.
Marvin Lind received the highest number of unofficial votes with 624 and William Wruck came in second with 554. Mike McManus rounded out the victories taking the final council seat with 520 unofficial votes.
Although Wruck was disappointed he did not receive the most votes, he felt pleased to see the turnout of voters for the city of Camanche.
“I’m proud of the city for how many people got out and voted,” Wruck said. “Win or lose, my biggest intention was to get people out to vote, so I’d like to thank everybody for going to the polls today and voicing their opinions.”
As for Lind, he is ready to make a difference for the city of Camanche and feels good that his campaign efforts paid off.
“I’m excited for a change,” Lind said. “I worked really hard and my team worked really hard at getting me elected. It feels good.”
The three new council members defeated many opponents, including two city council incumbents, Linda Kramer and Greg Nelson.
Kramer nearly edged out McManus for the final council seat with 445 unofficial votes, but it wasn’t enough to stave off the newcomer.
“The people of Camanche have spoken,” Kramer said. “It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve them for the last eight years. I wish the new councilmen the best of luck.”
Nelson came in just behind Kramer with 334 unofficial votes, only 29 votes ahead of previous council candidate Charlie Blount at 305.
Although he wasn’t elected to represent his city, Blount feels his voice has been heard by the council and the people of Camanche throughout his campaign process.
“I actually lost the election but I feel the community has won,” Blount said. “I think the community can feel they’re in good hands with the people that have been elected.”
Council candidate Lewis Creed also did not see his goal of joining the Camanche council fulfilled on Tuesday as he received the lowest number of unofficial votes with 70.
Former city councilman Gary Kampe, who earlier this month announced he had dropped out of the council race due to health concerns, received 172 unofficial votes at the polls Tuesday.
With the elections behind them, the three new councilmen are ready to take on their roles at the city council and are ready to face the adversity of being the leaders of a city.
“I think we’re going to see some challenges,” McManus said. “It may open some eyes. It’s going to show me and the (other new councilmen) some of the difficulties the council has already faced, the difficulties with city politics and what it takes to keep this city happy.”