Election update: Nelson to be new mayor of George
Ferguson, Durfee & Padron lead Quincy City Council races
Results from Tuesday’s election show that Quincy city voters are looking to add some new faces to their city council.
David Durfee Jr. was defeating Councilman Manny Guerrero, 429 to 280 (60.5 percent to 39.49 percent), for position 7 on the council. Guerrero was elected to the city council 14 years ago.
Last week, Durfee, who said he was feeling “excited and relieved” after the initial numbers came in.
“I am just ready to move my focus from campaigning to getting the pulse of the community,” Durfee said.
In the race for position 1, Josey Ferguson defeated longtime Councilman Scott Lybbert, who seeks his fourth term, by only 87 votes. Ferguson is leading 392 to 307 votes, or 56.08 percent to 43.92 percent.
While Ferguson and Durfee challenged two longtime councilmen, newcomers Sonia Padron and Warren Lybbert squared off this election for position 6, an unexpired, two-year seat.
The two candidates were the top vote-getters in the August primary for the unexpired seat.
Padron is defeating Warren Lybbert, 449 to 265 votes (62.89 percent to 37.11 percent).
“I’m quite surprised by the numbers,” Padron said when contacted Tuesday evening. “That tells me that I have made a pathway in this community and I am just very humbled with the numbers.”
Padron thanked her family and friends who supported her and encouraged her to run for the position.
“The voters have put their trust in me,” she said.
Four seats were up for election this year on the city council. Only Councilman Tom Harris was running unopposed. Harris garnered 546 votes.
Race for George mayor decided by nine votes
In a race that garnered only 37 votes, challenger Gerene Nelson came out on top of longtime George Mayor Elliot Kooy.
Nelson defeated Kooy, 23 votes to 14.
There are 98 registered voters in the small town, according to the Grant County Elections Department.
Kooy is finishing up his 24th year as mayor and sought a seventh term. Nelson has lived in the George area since 1982 and in the city limits since 2009.
Voters in George will send Clayton Richmond back to the city council. Richmond has been a councilman since 1988.
Richmond defeated his challenger, Clayton O’Brien, by only eight votes. Richmond garnered 21 votes to O’Brien’s 13 votes.
Looks like Scharbach, Gottschalk to remain in seats on cemetery board
Commissioners Mike Scharbach and Jack Gottschalk appeared to have good leads over the candidates who were challenging the incumbents for their positions on the Quincy Valley Cemetery Board.
Scharbach is defeating challenger Linda Garza Guzman 1,144 to 426 votes (72.87 percent to 27.13 percent). And Jack Gottschalk is defeating challenger Kelly Hobbs 789 to 716 votes.
Kuest retains port seat
With a win in Tuesday’s general election, Port of Quincy Commissioner Brian Kuest was elected to his fourth term on the three-member commission.
Kuest defeated challenger Jeremy McCreary 1,021 to 684 votes, or 59.88 percent to 40.12 percent.
Kuest has been a port commissioner for 16 years. He was elected to another six-year term. A financial consultant in charge of special projects at CliftonLarsonAllen, Kuest is president-elect of the Quincy Valley Chamber of Commerce and past president of the Grant County Economic Development Council.
Kuest is excited to see what the next six years bring to the port district.
“I’m anxious to fill out the next six years,” he said. “We have opportunities out there we are going to pursue and we are going to do it in the best interest of the community.”