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Brinker Defeats Witt for Ward 4 Seat

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Posted: Saturday, April 12, 2014 10:00 am

Josh Brinker will serve a second term as the Ward 4 representative on the Washington City Council.

Brinker led an incumbent sweep at the polls in Washington. Every incumbent retained their position in Tuesdays election.

“It feels good to keep being able to serve the community,” Brinker said.

Unlike the others, Brinker was the only one to run with opposition.

With all precincts reporting, Brinker defeated Carolyn Witt. Brinker picked up 229 votes (58.72 percent) to Witt’s 160 votes (41.03 percent). There was one write-in vote.

“I was hoping for a larger voter turnout,” Brinker said. “I figured we’d have a little more than 390, but those that made it, we appreciate it.”

Brinker won in his first chance at defending the seat. He was voted onto the council for the first time in 2012.

“I must be doing something right — I haven’t ruffled too many feathers and I’m doing what I’m supposed to do up there,” Brinker said.

Brinker has won both of his elections, each time beating Witt.

He said he has nothing on his agenda for term No. 2.

“No big plans, no special projects,” he said. “I’m just making sure things that come up get done appropriately.”

Mayor Sandy Lucy will remain mayor after picking up 1,229 votes (97.23 percent). Only 35 write-in votes prevented her from a unanimous selection.

Besides Brinker, the other three councilmen up for re-election won without opposition. None of the three were opposed and there wasn’t a strong write-in campaign.

In Ward 1, Steve Sullentrup picked up 257 votes (97.35 percent).

In Ward 2, Mark Hidritch had 340 votes (99.42 percent). Greg Skornia won in Ward 3 with 270 votes (99.63 percent).

Brinker said he’s looking forward to working with the same group again.

“I think we have a good, diverse bunch up there that will provide insight to all items that come across,” Brinker said.

Continuing the incumbent sweep in unopposed races, Mark Piontek remains the city attorney after securing 1,193 votes (98.92 percent). Craig Hellmann won the municipal judge race with 1,161 votes (98.98 percent).

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