Bill Glassmire and Frank Hann turned back opponents to capture Ward 7 and Ward 8 seats respectively. Incumbents Penny York (Ward 1), Roen Hogg (Ward 2), and Hal Brauner (Ward 9) all were returned to office without opposition.
New comers Zach Baker (Ward 3) and Barbara Bull (Ward 4) also ran unopposed and were elected to the City Council. Ann Schuster beat out Jerry Jackson and Ed Steiner for the open Benton County Commissioner seat.
Rep. Sara Gelser (D) defeated Betsy Close (R) in the race for District 8 state Senator - in closely contested contest that was watched by politicos around the state. Dan Rayfield (D) easily defeated Jacob Vandever in District 16, replacing Sarah Gelser as state representative.
The City's proposed Parking District referendum - backed by the Chamber - failed by a slight margin; while the $34 million Linn-Benton Community College levy is still too close to call. The Chamber backed this measure as well.
The Chamber's Board of Directors and Governmental Affairs Committee hopes to work more closely with the new Mayor and City Council and other county and state representatives on business and economic issues in the year ahead.
If you are a Chamber member and want to become more actively involved in addresses business and political issues, please let us know.