This article has been updated with reactions from the candidates.
Residents showed their satisfaction with Lonsdale’s governing body when they re-elected incumbents into office on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3.
City Administrator Joel Erickson said the number of registered voters in the city of Lonsdale is 2,059, and on Tuesday, 211 voters turned out to cast their ballots. He added that six of those voters were newly registered. All absentee ballots were included in the count.
Mayor Tim Rud ran unopposed, accumulating 217 votes for the two-year term. In January, he will start his seventh term as Mayor of Lonsdale.
“Thank you to the residents of Lonsdale for their continued support,” Rud said. “It is truly an honor and privilege to be the mayor of such a wonderful community. It is an exciting time in our city, with new housing, retail and business growth in our town. But more importantly, it is the residents of our community that make our city great, because they care about the city in which they live. I am really excited for the next couple of years and am looking forward to the challenges and accomplishments. The continued rehabilitation of our infrastructure, the construction in the new business park, providing a safe environment for our families as well as other amenities we are working on. We have really great city staff, police, fire, public works, library and Lonsdale liquor department personnel in place and are positioned very well for the future. Thank you again for allowing me to be a part of it.”
Two open seats on the Lonsdale City Council were also decided Tuesday. Of the four candidates running for four-year terms on the council, incumbent Councilor Kevin Kodada came out on top, garnering 157 votes.
“Thanks for your continued support and I look forward to seeing what’s in store for Lonsdale in the next few years,” he stated.
It was a close race between incumbent Councilor Cindy Furrer and candidate Doug Fink for the second council seat. With just seven votes separating them, voters selected Furrer to continue serving on the council, with 126 votes.
“Thank you to all the voters who took time to come and vote,” she said. “I am honored to be able to serve the residents of Lonsdale for the next four years. We have a great community, and I look forward to working with the council to help Lonsdale reach its goals.”
Although Fink was disappointed with falling just short of a council seat with 119 votes, he said he will continue to get more involved.
“This election was disappointing for me for two reasons: the extremely low turnout and I did not get enough votes to win a seat on the council,” he stated. “Part of the reason I was running was to help the community get involved and that did not seem to happen. I feel strongly about what a great place Lonsdale is to live and I plan on continuing to get more involved, and expect that I will run again in the future. I would like to thank all of those that took the time to vote and voice their opinions. It was a good experience for me and I learned a lot from it.”
Council candidate Joshua Warren had 90 votes, and although that wasn’t enough for the city council, he, too, plans on getting more involved in Lonsdale.
“I actually plan on applying for one or maybe two citizen advisory board positions in Lonsdale, and do plan on running again for city council in the future, or possibly participating in the Lonsdale Chamber of Commerce,” he said. “All I can say about the election is I’m glad that people went out and voted, even though I was sort of disappointed there was a lower turnout than I initially expected from such a small, tightknit community like Lonsdale.
“Congrats to Cindy and Kevin on their victory, and hopefully they will actively do their best to make Lonsdale a safe, vibrant, growing community. I hope they take citizens’ opinions into account in their decision making in the future to benefit all those who live here.”
New Prague School Board
The four open New Prague School Board seats were also decided on Tuesday. Of the five candidates running, the four who were elected to represent District 721 are Kytyn Schoenbauer, 374 votes; Jeanne Kubes, 356 votes; Dennis A. Havlicek, 341 votes; and Kim Holden, 272 votes.
Candidate Mark Bartusek had 256 votes, just short of winning a seat. There were 12 write-in votes.
All those who were voted into office will be sworn in at the beginning of 2016.