Lynn Lathrop, 64, a maintenance and engineering manager at Burke Corporation in Nevada, will become Nevada’s next mayor, after earning a decisive win in Tuesday’s election.
Lathrop captured 61 percent of the vote to defeat Andrew Murphy and Rhonda Le Appelgate for the city’s top post.
“I’m very appreciative to those that supported me during this process,” Lathrop said Wednesday morning. “I’m excited and ready to get started.”
Lathrop believes that talking to citizens at the Senior Center, fire department, American Legion, Rotary Club, Kiwanis Club and at many other activities and places helped get his views out to residents and was key to him winning the election.
Unofficial results from the Story County Auditor’s office show that 419 votes were cast in the mayoral election. Latrhop took 258 of those, with Murphy taking 117 and Appelgate taking 40. There were four write-in votes.
In the other contested race in Nevada, for the Ward 4 city council seat, incumbent Ray Schwichtenberg defeated Matthew Hovar by an unofficial tally of 71-47.
There were no surprises in the uncontested votes Tuesday. Andrew Kelley, who has been serving as interim mayor since former mayor Jerry Gull’s resignation, will return to the council in the Ward 2 seat. Brian Hanson will retain the at-large position on the council.
Public Measure C in Nevada, which will lower the city’s hotel/motel tax from 6 to 5 percent, passed by a margin of 321-83.
Contested races in Zearing saw incumbent Jim Chance Jr. retain his seat as mayor, defeating Gerald L. Murrell Sr. by an unofficial margin of 78-40.
Earning seats on the Zearing City Council were Dave Tisdale, Rick L. Good and Martin Herr.
Colo’s at-large council race was uncontested and the three seats will be filled by incumbents Paul R. Conrad and Diane Nichols, along with Larry Willard Milleson.
McCallsburg longtime mayor Wallace “Wally” Loney continues his reign and incumbent councilmen Scott T. Anderson and William Lytle, will be joined by council newcomer Kevin E. Lull.