Arendt, Schissel re-elected; Wagner, Lore join Council
Wednesday, November 06, 2013 3:23 AM
Decorah residents have re-elected all incumbent city officials seeking another term, including Mayor Don Arendt and Council member Randy Schissel, who both faced opposition in Tuesday's city election.
Voter turnout was 24 percent as 1,653 of the city's 6,850 registered voters cast ballots.
Arendt received 874 votes, while challenger Jim McIntosh, who moved to Decorah earlier this year, received 318 votes.
Due to redistricting, Schissel, who had represented Ward 5, now lives in the new Ward 1. His opponent was Jarrad Walter, who was appointed to fill the Ward 1 vacancy after Council member John Franzen resigned this summer. Schissel defeated Walter by a vote of 185 to 147.
Ward 4 and Ward 5 will have new representation.
In Ward 4, Bill Wagner defeated Matthew Gausman by a vote of 127 to 50, and in Ward 5, Charles Lore defeated Marion Pruitt-Jefferson 132 to 108.
Council members Gary Rustad, who serves at large; Paul Wanless, Ward 3; and Jody Niess, Ward 2; were all re-elected after running unopposed.
"I want to thank the Decorah voters for their confidence in me and electing me to another term. I'm looking forward to working with several new Council members -- there probably will be a little bit of a learning curve," Arendt said.
The new Council members will take office Jan. 1.
"I think we have a Council that will be working together to accomplish the goals we set the last few years to continue to make Decorah a place to come to and enjoy."
The mayor said the major work of planning next year's city budget would begin next month.
"I'm sure with the city manager we'll be working very closely with the City Council to inform them (the new members) of their duties and responsibilities," he said.
The budget will be finalized in January.
"I look forward to working with some new members and returning members. I am pleased with how the election turned out," Arendt said.
The Winneshiek County Board of Supervisors will canvass Decorah's election results today, Thursday, at 1 p.m.