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Bradshaw elected mayor

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw talks with resident Linda Messmer following Tuesday's election.
When Ann Bradshaw was elected to Brazil City Council, she made history after being the first woman elected to the position.

On Tuesday, the Democrat made history again, winning the Brazil Mayor election over Republican Jim Sheese.

"I feel really happy," Bradshaw said as she enjoyed the victory at the Clay County Democrat headquarters. "I had a lot of support.

Republican candidate for mayor Jim Sheese watches election results come in at Clay County Courthouse with family.
"I guess (the voters) had confidence in me. I got out and worked when I could. I had a lot of supporters. I couldn't have done this without these people."

Bradshaw received 947 total votes (58.57 percent) while Sheese tallied 670 votes (41.43 percent).

"I have nothing but praise for Ann," Sheese said following the final election tallies. "We're good friends and we'll still be good friends."

Sheese had been Brazil City Council President for 12 years under former Brazil Mayor Kennny Crabb. He became the council president again in June after Bradshaw took over as Brazil Mayor after Tom Arthur resigned.

Bradshaw said the had much respect for Sheese.

"Jim and I have worked together for many years," she said. "We'll work together until the end of December. I wish him nothing but the best."

Sheese said he ran what he believed was a good campaign despite falling in the election.

"I went door to door," he said. "I showed up at the debates and my opponent chose not to. We did the best we could but the people got what they asked for."

Both candidates said despite the outcome, they were somewhat disappointed with the turnout.

"I thought it was a little low, but that's my opinion," Bradshaw said. "It was different. I thought there may be a better turnout."

Sheese said he believed "voter apathy" was the reason for the low turnout.

"Most people don't care," he said.

However, Tuesday's voter turnout for mayor was actually more than the last two mayor elections.

In 1999, Crabb defeated Democrat Frank E. Minnick, 1,017-498. Arthur knocked off Crabb in 2003, 978-579.

Sheese said he has been involved in six elections. However, he said Tuesday was his final.

"I'm going to spend more time in the woods and with my boat," he said. "Twenty years is enough. I'm going to spend more time with my kids."

For Bradshaw, it's back to business. She said she plans to maintain her open door policy while also continuing to work on other issues surrounding the city.

"I'll just continue to keep up the work," she said.

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Congratulations to Ann Bradshaw and the others who won yesterday. Best wishes to those who were not elected. Their interest in Brazil has been very important.

-- Posted by scwh1974 on Wed, Nov 7, 2007, at 3:05 AM

I have known Ann for a long time and I wish her the best as the Mayor of Brazil. Her values will take the city far.

-- Posted by bnett on Wed, Nov 7, 2007, at 5:51 AM

I am glad that Jim had nothing bad to say about Ann Bradshaw. I am very cinfident she will lead our city to better times.

In the future elections I would like to see a debate forum conducted where both sides are in attendance. Congratulations to all the winners in this election.

-- Posted by Gizmo on Wed, Nov 7, 2007, at 9:12 AM

Professional, compassionate and real. The citizens made a good choice with Ann Bradshaw. I think we will all see alot of good come from this term. Congratulations to Karen McQueen as well. You were clearly the best choice! I know you both will do great in office.

-- Posted by ariesgirl on Wed, Nov 7, 2007, at 12:35 PM

As a former reporter at the Brazil Times in the 1990s I know Ann and Jim each from my beat of City News... good luck in the future and Congratulations to Ann on the new adventures that lay ahead...

-- Posted by susangw05 on Sun, Nov 25, 2007, at 4:34 PM

As a former reporter at the Brazil Times in the 1990s, I know Ann and Jim both as City Council was one of my beats... Congratulations on the election and I wish you both good luck on your terms of office!

-- Posted by susangw05 on Sun, Nov 25, 2007, at 4:44 PM

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