New City Councilor Elected in Mount Vernon Special Election

By Alison Sullivan, Reporter

Voters cast their ballots on Election Day at Waterloo City Hall Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Waterloo, Iowa. (AP Photo/The Waterloo Courier, Matthew Putney)

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MOUNT VERNON, Iowa - Francesca Thompson will be Mount Vernon City Council’s newest member after residents turned out to vote the city's special election on Tuesday.

The 59-year-old received 103 votes and beat out council candidate Michael Redenbaugh who received 29.

Thompson grew up in Mount Vernon before working as a nurse in the Navy. She and her husband returned to Mount Vernon in 1998, where she’s now retired.

“I think it’s exciting,” Thompson said after results were announced Tuesday evening. “And I just look forward to serving my community.”

Thompson said she’s interested in addressing the city’s financial concerns and making sure the city “lives within our means.”

Thompson will be filling a council seat vacated by Steve Maurice after the former council member announced his resignation in May. In an email to city officials, Maurice said he resigned for personal reasons, adding he felt the council wasn’t properly considering the needs of the city’s citizens, according to the Mount Vernon- Lisbon Sun.

Write-in candidate, Kevin Carpenter, came in second place receiving 89 votes.

Tim Box, Linn County deputy commissioner of elections, said seeing a significant amount of votes for a write-in candidate is not uncommon in a smaller town, especially when there isn’t a large turnout.

The Tuesday election comes a few months before a regular city election this November.

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