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City Council seats won by large margins

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Republicans Sam Glover and Pat Heffner congratulate each other on their victories in Tuesday's general election. Glover won the Ward 2 seat and will be serving his first term while Heffner, who has been on the council since 1994, was re-elected to the At-Large council seat. Jason Jacobs photo.
Tuesday's election for positions on the Common Council of the City of Brazil finished with some wide margins.

The closest of these races was for the At-Large seat where Republican incumbent Pat Heffner defeated Democrat Vickie Lawhorn with a 56.54-43.46 percentage margin.

Heffner had a total of 912 votes compared to 701 for Lawhorn.

"I am pleased with the outcome and want to thank all the voters who turned out today," Heffner said. "All the candidates were good and ran clean slates, and the people have spoken as to who they want to represent them."

The most distant race was between Republican Sam Glover and Jim Bales for the Ward 2 council seat.

Glover beat out Bales by more than 50 percentage points, 75.38-24.62.

By votes, Glover had a total of 297 votes in his favor while Bales received only 97, the second fewest of any actual candidate on the night.

"I am very gratified and this was a great experience to go through," Glover said. "I've known my opponent for many years and it is very humbling to win by such a large margin. However, I know there is a lot to be done in the city and I want to serve the residents as best I can."

Democrat Steve Lamb, who was appointed to the Ward 3 seat in July following the appointment of fellow Democrat Ann Bradshaw, who defeated Republican James Sheese in the mayor's race, to the mayor's position in late June, won by a landslide as he was the lone candidate running unopposed in this year's election. Lamb received a total of 358 votes, 57 of which were from absentee ballots.

"I am looking forward to working with the upcoming council," Lamb said "There is a lot of experience returning to the council and it should be molded into a very good one."

In the races for other council seats:

• Republican Cindy Schmaltz was defeated by Democrat Brad Deal by a total of 186 votes to take the Ward 1 council seat. Schmaltz's 94 votes received were the fewest on the night in the Brazil portion of the general election, and Deal received a total of 280.

• Democrat incumbent Bill Lovett defeated Republican Erich Erst for the Ward 4 council seat by a 236-154 margin. Erst fell short in this race receiving 39.49 percent of the votes while Lovett received 60.51 percent.

Bradshaw feels the winning candidates will make up a strong council.

"We need to work well together to get things done in the city, and I strongly believe I can work well with each of the council members," Bradshaw said.

Clay County Democratic Party Chairman Joe Broyles credits a team effort for his party's success in the council elections.

"I am glad to have seen the candidates stick together throughout the campaign," Broyles said. "Everyone worked very hard and I want to give a special thanks to all the residents who got out today and voted."

The winning candidates will take their council seats officially on Jan. 1, 2008.

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