New and returning Sedalia City Council candidates cruised to easy victory in Tuesday’s Sedalia municipal elections.
The contest saw incumbent Ward 2 Councilwoman Wanda Monsees and Ward 4 Councilman Tollie Rowe, both running unopposed, take 204 and 475 votes respectively in their races.
In Ward 1, an open seat created by incumbent Councilman Stephen Galliher’s run for mayor, James Cunningham defeated Susan Daniels by a vote of 375 to 185, or 66 to 34 percent.
Following the vote, Cunningham thanked his family, friends and supporters and said he is looking forward to his new position.
“I am very happy and pleased with the turnout and the wide margin. I worked hard at this and obviously the hard work paid off,” Cunningham said.
Looking ahead, he said he hopes to focus on economic growth.
“We need to focus on that as much as we can. We have a good council in place and I think we will be able to work together very well, so I think we can set some goals and we will be able to reach them,” Cunningham said.
In Ward 3, which also hosted an open seat following the decision by incumbent Councilman Wiley Walter to not seek reelection, Don Meier secured 256, or 65 percent, to opponent Terry Cockrell’s 137, or 35 percent, of the vote to win election.
Meier was thankful for the support of voters and had high praise for Walter’s tenure on council.
“I am absolutely thrilled to death. I couldn’t ask for any more. I am replacing a great man. I would have never run against the guy — I don’t think I could have beat him.”
Meier said he would like to focus his attention on street improvements and said he would support renewal of the county’s transportation sales tax, which comes up for renewal in 2015.
“I think the biggest thing is they need to do a lot more work on the streets. I am not knocking what they have done, but it takes money to do those things. They have put in more money into the budget, so hopefully we can accomplish those things,” Meier said. “I hope they go ahead and renew (the transportation tax). That brings in a lot of revenue and that is what we need to keep these streets up.”