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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Newcomer unseats incumbent for Shawnee mayor

  • Political newcomer Wes Mainord won the three-way Shawnee mayoral race Tuesday between incumbent Linda Peterson and Ed Cole.


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  • Political newcomer Wes Mainord won the three-way Shawnee mayoral race Tuesday between incumbent Linda Peterson and Ed Cole.
    Mainord, who was endorsed by Citizen’s for Responsible Government, took more than 58 percent of the vote, or 1,825 votes, so there will not be a run-off.
    Peterson took more than 34 percent, or 1,083 votes, and Ed Cole took more than seven percent, or 228 votes.
    Mainord thanked all of his supporters and voters, and pledged to work for the city of Shawnee.
    “I promise the citizens of Shawnee, those who voted for me and those who voted for my opponent, that I will work hard every day to see that your tax dollars are utilized to the fullest,” he said in an email.
    Ed Cole and incumbent Linda Peterson could not be reached for comment at press time.
    Two more candidates endorsed by Citizen’s for Responsible Government won city seats.
    Linda Agee won the Ward 2 seat and James Harrod won the Ward 3 seat.
    Agee took more than 68 percent of votes with 2,107 votes and opponent Jo Davis took more than 31 percent with 963 votes.
    Agee wanted to thank her supporters and assured Shawnee citizens that she would now get to work for Shawnee.
    “I think all those people (voters) wanted a good clean race and I think we did that,” she said. “Now it’s time to get to work for Shawnee. That’s all I want to do.”
    Ward 2 opponent Jo Davis could not be reached for comment at press time.
    Harrod of Ward 3 took nearly 65 percent of votes with 1,986 votes and opponent Jeannetta Townes took 1,078 votes.
    Harrod said he is grateful for the support he has received from voters.
    “I’m just looking forward to moving Shawnee forward,” he said. “There’s still a lot of issues that need to be resolved.”
    Harrod assured Shawnee citizens that he would continue to work to resolve issues and do what is best for Shawnee.
    Jeannetta Townes, Ward 3 opponent, could not be reached for comment at press time.
    Another candidate endorsed by Citizen’s for Responsible Government, Keith Hall, will run in the primary run-off. Hall ran in a three-way race for the Ward 4 seat against David Bergsten and Billy J. Collier.
    Hall took more than 49 percent with 1,405 votes, Bergsten took more than 32 percent with 926 votes, and Collier took more than 18 percent with 513 votes.
    “I look forward to the run-off,” Hall said. “I’m sure it’ll be a nice, clean, positive campaign, and I’m sure David will do the same.”
    Bergsten said he wanted to thank his supporters.
    “I appreciate the support that I’ve gotten thus far and I look forward to the run-off,” he said.
    Page 2 of 2 - Hall will run against Bergsten on November 6.
    Billy J. Collier, candidate for Ward 4 could not be reached at press time for comment.
    Results are unofficial until they are certified Friday.
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