OTTUMWA — Voters elected Bob Meyers and Marc Roe to the city council on Tuesday. Their terms begin in January.
Neither is new to the council, though Meyers is not an incumbent. He took several years off after serving three consecutive terms, returning to the race this year. Roe was the lone incumbent in the race.
The vote came at an unusual moment for Ottumwa. The city is currently seeking a new city administrator, following the August resignation of Andy Morris. In October, longtime Finance Director Bob Jay retired as well.
Four candidates advanced to Tuesday’s general election from the October primary. The order was unchanged from the primary, with Meyers receiving the most votes, followed by Roe. Mark Peters trailed Roe for the second spot by more than 200 votes, while Crowder trailed Peters by another 240.
Meyers said he was happy to be back on the council. He said budgeting is his biggest initial concern. That process begins soon after he takes his seat, and he said he wants to see the city stick to plans it makes.
“I want to be part of the team, but I want to see some real consistency,” said Meyers.
Turnout for the election didn’t see a big bump from the combination of municipal and school board votes, but Wapello County Auditor Kelly Spurgeon said she was pleased to see most precincts at least had a reasonable number of people come through.
Tuesday’s vote was also to have been the first in which the county used new equipment to send results from the precincts, rather than having to wait for people to get back to the courthouse for the count. That didn’t happen. Spurgeon said there was a programming glitch and, given the issues in the Ottumwa school board election, she didn’t want to risk major issues on election night.
In other area elections:
Mike Kayser, Carol Lynn Streeby and Tom Drish won spots on the Cardinal School District board.
Jerry Potts won the mayoral race in Eldon over Michael McClure. David Showman, Stacey Cremer Doree and Tom Bedford took council seats in Eldon.
All results are unofficial until the county canvasses the results, and some numbers were incomplete at press time as an error delayed the returns from Highland Township. Those results were not expected to alter the outcomes of races.