The names of Tom Agnitsch and Patrick Lapka were misspelled in a previous version of this story. It has been revised to correct the errors.
Aberdeen voters selected Alan Johnson and Rob Ronayne to fill the two open seats in the City Council election on Tuesday.
Alan Johnson defeated Davin Johnson 264-53 and Ronayne defeated James Kraft 413-377 to win five-year terms as city councilmen in the southwestern and northeastern districts respectively, said Maxine Fischer, Brown County Auditor.
Voter turnout was below 25 percent in both of the races. The turnout for the race in the northeastern precincts was 18.2 percent; it was 8.4 percent in the southwestern precincts, Fischer said.
The new councilmen will begin serving their terms on July 1, she said.
Alan Johnson will replace Tom Agnitsch and Ronayne will replace Jeff Mitchell.
Neither Mitchell nor Agnitsch decided to run for re-election.
Alan Johnson said he appreciates the trust that the voters have shown in him and is excited to serve the people of Aberdeen.
"I'm happy that all the hard work that goes into planning an election paid off," he said. "I look forward to helping continue the work the City Council does for the people of Aberdeen."
Ronayne said he was pleased with the outcome and wanted to thank the voters for the opportunity to represent them for the next five years.
Two of Alan Johnson's top priorities when he takes the seat will be to ensure the federal courthouse stays in Aberdeen and to help guide the planning and construction of the a new library in town, he said.
Ronayne said his main focus will be working on ways to spur economic growth in Aberdeen by creating new jobs and filling the vacant employment opportunities already in the city.
"I think economic growth is the key to everything, it will lead to improvements in all other areas and improve the quality of life in the community," he said.
Ronayne and Alan Johnson each said they wanted to compliment their opponents on running clean elections and for showing interest in public service.
Alan Johnson and Ronayne will serve on the City Council with Clint Rux, David Bunsness, Mark Remily, Todd Campbell, Jennifer Slaight-Hansen and Laure Swanson.
Britton elects mayor
Clyde Fredrickson defeated incumbent David Kleinberg to become to the new mayor of Britton, said Marie Marlow, Britton finance officer.
Fredrickson, who was a City Council member, earned 200 votes. Kleinberg took in 92 votes, Marlow said.
The 292 total votes showed about a 50 percent voter turnout rate, Marlow said.
Fredrickson's term begins July 8, she said.
Leola election results
- Brenda Merkel and Kristi Spitzer each earned three-year terms on the Leola School Board with 461 and 377 votes respectively, said Deb Weiszhaar, business manager for the Leola School District. Merkel and Spitzer defeated incumbent school board members Brian Hoffman (149) and Patrick Lapka (77), she said.
- Richard A. Westphal won the election for a two-year term on the school board with 307 votes, Weiszhaar said. He defeated Dianne Rood Kiesz, who mustered 233 votes, Weiszhaar said.
New board members begin their terms July 8.
- Douglas E. Yost defeated incumbent Neil Geffre in the election for Ward 2 Councilman with an unofficial vote total of 36-18, said Candice Kappes, Leola finance officer. There are still seven provisional ballots left to be counted, she said.