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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Tecumseh voters retain incumbents on city council

  • In what was a landslide victory Tuesday night, Tecumseh Mayor Eddy Parker was re-elected to another four-year term while appointed Ward 4 Councilor John Collier also retained his seat.
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  • In what was a landslide victory Tuesday night, Tecumseh Mayor Eddy Parker was re-elected to another four-year term while appointed Ward 4 Councilor John Collier also retained his seat.
    In the mayor’s race, Parker tallied 370 votes — or 87.5 percent — to defeat opponent HuBert Poole, who had 53 votes, or 12.5 percent.
    The mayor was collecting campaign signs when hearing the final totals Tuesday night.
    “I really want to thank the citizens for continuing to have confidence in me,” Parker said.
    “We’ve done a lot of great things the past four years and made good progress,” Parker said, adding he’s ready for the next four years.
    The mayor, who said he might not always be able to fix all problems for residents, said he’s always tried to figure out ways to help.
    “I’ve tried to be a listening ear for them,” he said. The mayor said he appreciates all those who supported him by encouraging residents to get out and vote on Tuesday.
    Collier, a former mayor who was appointed to the Ward 4 seat when Gene Crnkovic moved, also retained that seat with a majority vote.
    Collier tallied 272 votes, or 66.3 percent, to defeat Patrick S. Lemmings, who had 138 votes, or 33.7 percent.
    Collier said he is honored that the people have given him the chance to continue to service.
    “I’m looking forward to working with the council to make our city better — we’ve got a lot of things to do,” Collier said. “I’m really pleased with the city — we’re going in the right direction.
    Lemmings, who said he was a bit disappointed about the loss, said Collier has served five years and is well known in the community.
    “I wish him all the best,” Lemmings said, adding he may run again in the future to help do his part.
    Attempts to reach Poole for comment were unsuccessful.
    With Tuesday’s election, there will be no changes to the current city council.
    Also up for election this year was the Ward 1 and Ward 2 seats. Ward 1 Councilor Linda Farris and Ward 2 Councilor Bob Stewart both won their seats without opposition during the last filing period. They’ll remain on the board with Parker and Collier, along with Ward 3 Councilor Linda Praytor.
     
     

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