WARSAW — City Council’s two incumbent at-large candidates were the top vote-getters in a three-way primary race Tuesday night.
Two-term city councilwoman Cindy Dobbins won 40.6 percent of the vote and first-term councilman Jack Wilhite won 32.2 percent, outdistancing challenger Juergen Voss, who collected 27.1 percent of the vote.
Dobbins stopped by GOP headquarters afterward and said she’s eager to get busy with another four years of work.
“I’m looking forward to finishing up some of the projects that we’ve started right now and maybe be a conciliatory factor and kind of
blend the council together,” Dobbins said. “We’ve had some issues this year and I’m hoping we can get past those issues.”
Wilhite was seated with Voss nearby, sharing some appetizers and camaraderie despite the outcome.
“I think it was a good, clean race and I really appreciate that,” Wilhite said.
Voss, who welcomed a grandson on Monday night, found himself distracted in recent days.
He entered the race with the goal of giving voters a choice.
“I appreciate all the support,” Voss said. “Cindy and Jack — they’re going to do a good job, I’m sure.”
Democrats have not slated any candidates for the at-large seats, but do have three running for other council seats.
In the general election, Republican Jeff Grose will face Democrat Sarah McNeal-Strahan Lenfesty for District 1; Republican newcomer Josh Finch is unopposed in seeking the District 2 seat currently held by Ron Shoemaker; Incumbent Republican Michael Klondaris faces Democrat Roxanne Coffelt for District 3; Incumbent Republican Jerry Frush is unopposed for District 4; Incumbent Republican Diane Quance, who serves as council president, will face Democrat Jack Brunetto in District 5.
Republican incumbent Clerk-Treasurer Lynne Christiansen is unopposed in her bid for re-election.