Otis Schulte was elected in Tuesday’s municipal election as mayor of Gerald for a fourth term in three decades.
Schulte received 164 votes, or 52.2 percent, to defeat Ed Adams, who received 91 votes, or 29 percent; and Daniel Maxwell, who received 58 votes, or 18.5 percent.
Current Mayor Joann Parmentier did not seek re-election. Adams is a Ward 2 alderman.
Schulte, the owner of Gerald Home Center, first served as Gerald mayor from 1993-97. He served again as mayor from 2007-09.
He also served on the Gerald Board of Aldermen from 1988-90 and again from 2001-03.
“I hope I can get some board members who want to see some progress and get things done,” Schulte told The Missourian. “I think people are ready to see a change and more things done.
“I’m ready to get in and do some work,” he added. “I was pretty happy with the margin of win. It tells me that people want to see something done.”
Schulte noted that initially he was not going to seek the mayoral seat. However, several residents called him and approached him at his store asking him to run, he said.
“I actually didn’t have any intention of running,” Schulte said. “I waited until 3:30 p.m. on the last day (to file).”
According to Schulte, there is work to be done on the city’s aging infrastructure, including street repairs and updates to older water lines.
He said some of that work, in particular water line replacement, can be done by city crews to save money.
There also are some properties in the city that should be maintained.
“There are a few properties that I consider eyesores,” he said. “We need to put more pressure, or bigger fines, to clean them up or pay the bill.”
Schulte said there are opportunities for businesses because Gerald is on Highway 50 and is close to Lost Valley Lake Resort.
“We need some more businesses and there are a lot of opportunities out here,” he said. “Small businesses can really capitalize.”
Dawn Czeschin defeated incumbent Alderman Howard Haase for the Ward 1 seat.
Czeschin received 118 votes, or 64 percent, and Haase received 66 votes, or 36 percent.
Keith Wehmeyer was elected to the board in Ward 2. He received 59 votes, or 45.3 percent, to defeat David Luechtefeld, who received 52 votes, or 40.6 percent; and Ryan McCrary, who received 17 votes, or 13.3 percent.