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  • Girard elects new mayor

  • Residents of Girard selected a new mayor Tuesday.



    Kurt Ziegler, a former city employee with approximately 20 years of service in Girard and Mulberry, was elected to the position with 339 votes, according to preliminary results.

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  • Residents of Girard selected a new mayor Tuesday.

    Kurt Ziegler, a former city employee with approximately 20 years of service in Girard and Mulberry, was elected to the position with 339 votes, according to preliminary results.

    While all election results are preliminary until provisional ballots are counted and results are canvassed by Crawford County Commissioners at 9 a.m. Monday, Ziegler was elected by a wide margin.

    Maurice Harley ran as the incumbent and previously has served 10 years as a Girard City Council member, then took 10 years off before returning to serve two terms as mayor. He received 261 votes.

    “People had their ability to vote, and they selected a new mayor,” Harley said.

    Ziegler said he is eager to begin the work on which he campaigned.

    “We’ve just got a lot of work to do to take a little town and go forward,” he said.

    He said his experience as a city employee gave him a different perspective that he believes will benefit him in his new role.

    “I feel like I have a view from the inside,” Ziegler said.

    Girard also featured two contested city races, and Susan Harrigan Thom retained her seat representing Girard’s 1st Ward with 43 votes to Sandra Hallacy’s 34 votes.

    Daniel Murray was elected to the 3rd Ward seat in Girard with 82 votes, and Elizabeth Galindo received 36 votes for the seat.

    Around the county, many other elections were decided by small turnouts and small margins.

    Arcadia:

    Brandy Trammell, Gary Peterson and John Whetzell will fill three seats on the Arcadia Council.

    Arma:

    Marvin “Buddy” Bualle retained his position as mayor, and Raymond Vail and Richard Kerley retained their seats on the city council.

    Cherokee:

    Dale Thompson was elected mayor with 49 votes, John Lovell was elected for the city council position 2 seat and Robert Milford was elected for the city council position 4 seat.

    Frontenac:

    James Kennedy was elected mayor of Frontenac with 302 votes, but faced write-in competition, with 173 write-in ballots cast. John Zafuta was elected Frontenac treasurer, Marc McCully was elected to represent the 1st Ward with 72 votes over David Chiappetti with 60 votes, Pat Clinton was elected to represent the 2nd Ward with 106 votes over Ricky Jones’ 94 votes, Kevin Fry was elected to represent the 3rd Ward with 43 votes over Tim Ziesenis’ 37 votes and A.J. Menghini was elected to represent the 4th ward with 56 votes to Douglas Girth’s 21 votes and Terry Spurling’s 16 votes.

    Hepler:

    No candidates filed for the mayor or council positions, but 12 write-in votes were cast for mayor. Additionally, 53 write-in votes were cast for five council seats.

    McCune:

    No candidates filed for the mayor or council positions, but 37 write-in votes were cast for mayor and 66 write-in votes were cast for two council members.

    Mulberry:

    Randy Jones was elected the mayor of Mulberry with 85 votes, Brenda Howard was elected the Mulberry treasurer with 120 votes and James Beam and Susan Montayne were the top vote-getters with 70 and 56, respectively.

    Walnut: 

    Melissa Anderson and Neil Harris, candidates for council member positions 1 and 3 respectively, each received seven votes. Two write-in votes were cast for position 5.  

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