Voters in Richmond went to the polls yesterday with a broom in their hands as all but one of the incumbents on the Richmond City Council lost their seats.
Some at the courthouse Tuesday night said they believed that the results of the election were an indication of how the public feels about how Mayor Lance Green and City Hall have performed. Green abruptly left the courthouse Tuesday night after hearing the results.
The surprise upset of the election was the defeat of Mayor Pro Tem and Chamber of Commerce President Scott Marshall by business owner Terrie Stanley. Even some of Stanley’s supporters were surprised by the nearly 13-point victory.
Former Councilman Mike Wright distanced himself between incumbent Tammy Folvarcik and challenger Kathy Garner by nearly 30 points in Ward Three.
Former Councilman Roger Kepple ran away with a nearly 44-point victory over incumbent Beverly Gorham. After the results were announced, Gorham congratulated Kepple on the win and offered to assist Kepple in any way she could.
Kepple told her, “You ran a really tough race. You really did!”
In Ward One, Bob Bond had little problem winning the two-year seat. Bond, who went door-to-door during the campaign, took 80 percent of the vote. Despite being disqualified, incumbent Scott Spiers received 12 votes.
The only incumbent to survive the election was Ward One Councilman Tom Williams with nearly 89 percent of the vote for a one-year term. Jim Dunwoodie, who was unchallenged for a one-year term in Ward Three also got the nod from voters.
Voters also turned out in higher numbers than were expected, according to Ray County Clerk Lynn Rogers. Although voter turnout numbers were still low, Rogers said they were pretty good for a non-mayorial election. Ward Two had the highest voter turnout at 26 percent. Ward Four had the next highest with 24 percent of registered voters.
There were no surprises with the Richmond School Board. Incumbents Brad Richey and Connie Taylor were reaffirmed by the voters.
Photo: Terrie Lee Stanley, center, was overjoyed with her upset victory in the Ward 4 council race last night at the Ray County Courthouse. She is congratulated by Roger Kepple, who also won his Ward 2 race against Beverly Gorham. Also pictured are Jim Rippy and Jackie Kepple. (Photo by JoEllen Black/The Daily