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City council election results

Support for incumbents drops

NORTH LIBERTY– Some newcomers will be taking their seats at the council table.
Voters in North Liberty, Oxford and Tiffin opted for some fresh faces after the Nov. 7 city elections.
An incumbent in each community was defeated, according to results posted by the Johnson County Auditor’s Office.
In North Liberty, incumbent Annie Pollock led at the polls with 78 percent of the votes in a three-way race for two seats. Challenger Jennifer Goings captured the second seat with 60 percent, a double-digit margin over two term incumbent Brian Wayson, third with 41 percent.
North Liberty’s turnout was the worst in the county with only 547 (4.9 percent) of 11,119 eligible voters participating.
Oxford, however, had the second highest turnout in the county with 44 percent casting ballots to decide two council seats.
Those seats went to Vicki Kasper (53 percent) and Margaret Reihman (50 percent), who nudged out appointed incumbent Harry Dolder (48 percent) and defeated incumbent Bryan Cooling (39 percent) in a four-person race.
In a race to fill a vacancy for a two-year Oxford term, Jason Struzynski (63 percent) defeated Bobby Wade (34 percent).
In Tiffin, two of three incumbents were retained.
Jim Bartels (67 percent) and Al Havens (51 percent) return to the council, joined by challenger Eric Schnedler (65 percent). Left out were incumbent Joan Kahler (47 percent) and former mayor Royce Phillips (35 percent).
Voters in Tiffin also defeated a ballot issue to increase the levy for the operation of the Springmeier Library from 10¢ to 27¢ per $1,000 of assessed valuation beginning July 1, 2018.
Fifty-nine percent voted against the measure, which required 50 percent approval.
According to auditor’s results, 12.2 percent of Tiffin voters cast ballots.

North Liberty
Mayor, 4-year term
Terry L. Donahue (i) 95%
City Council, 4-year
term. 2 to be elected.
Jennifer Goings 60%
Annie Pollock (i) 78%
Brian Wayson (i) 41%

Oxford
Mayor, 2-year term
Tim Hennes 95%
City Council, 4-year
term. 2 to be elected.
Brian Cooling (i) 39%
Harry Dolder (i) 48%
Vicki Kasper 53%
Margaret B. Reihman 50%
City Council, 2-year
term to fill vacancy.
Jason T. Struzynski 63%
Bobby J. Wade 34%

Tiffin
Mayor, 2-year term.
Steve Berner (i) 88%

City Council, 4-year
term. 3 to be elected.
James R. Bartels (i) 67%
Al Havens (i) 51%
Joan Kahler (i) 47%
Royce Phillips 35%
Eric Schnedler 65%