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Newcomer leads city vote, incumbents re-elected

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer | 4/2/2013

Ottawa City Commission incumbents Linda Reed and Jeff Richards said they are hopeful their re-elections Tuesday night are a sign Ottawa residents think the city is on the right course.

Reed and Richards joined frontrunner Mike Skidmore as the top three vote-getters Tuesday night to claim the three open seats on the city commission.

Skidmore earned 799 votes to win the race, followed by Reed with 768 votes and Richards with 644 votes.

Raquel “Rocky” Fleer finished fourth with 322 votes, followed by Helen Hood with 233 votes.

As the top two vote-getters, Skidmore and Reed will serve four-year terms, while Richards will serve a two-year term on the commission.

“I’m looking forward to serving another four years,” Reed said Tuesday about 8:40 p.m. in the crowded hallway in front of the Franklin County Clerk’s Office at the county courthouse, 315 S. Main St., Ottawa. “I hope the fact that Jeff and I were both re-elected is an indication that the voters are pleased with the direction the city is heading.”

Richards said the city has made streets, sidewalks and services a priority, while lowering taxes.

“We were able to lower the mill levy last year,” Richards said. “And I think people like paying less taxes. I know I do.”  

Skidmore will join the governing body as five-time mayor Gene Ramsey steps off the commission. Ramsey, a member of the commission since 1994, did not seek re-election.

Results are unofficial until the Franklin County Board of Commissioners canvasses the votes Monday.

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