In the contested Raymond School Board race, Angela Gilbert holds an 11-vote lead over incumbent Karen Johnson for the School Director No. 3 seat. Gilbert has 417 votes, while Johnson took in 406 votes, or 50.7 to 49.3 percent. The election will be certified November 26th. At press time there were still a total of 10 ballots to be counted.
Raymond Mayor Bob Jungar ran unopposed.
The newly elected mayor of South Bend spoke about her overwhelming victory.
“I would like to thank the voters of the City of South Bend for their confidence in me,” Struck told the Herald. “I will do my best to lead the City of South Bend forward into the future with integrity, transparency and recognition of the trust you have placed in me.
“I would like to thank everyone who made it possible for me to win the South Bend City mayoral election,” Struck said. “Lisa Olson and Karla Webber, thank you for all your support and encouragement. I would also like to thank my family and Carolyn Eastham who walked with me in the Labor Day Parade. Everyone who helped me distribute flyers around town and everyone who put a campaign sign in their yards and had to mow around it for several months. A special thank you to Susie Weisel who put up the huge sign on her fence and then had to battle the crows to keep it there.
“Now the work begins,” Struck said. “All the months of campaigning and waiting have come to an end. As I prepare to take office in January, I am fully aware of the responsibility I will hold as mayor and I am ready for the challenge.
“I believe the city of South Bend has a great team of department heads and I am looking forward to working with them to make our city prosper,” Struck said. “Our city council is experienced and each member is dedicated to leading our city forward in the midst of challenging finances and national economic decline.
“One of the first items on my agenda as mayor will be to establish a research team of volunteers to study and locate successful cities,” Struck said. “Those cities that are thriving and growing in the midst of the current downturn in our economy. What have they done to be successful, what have they done to attract new businesses or tourism, and is there anything we can emulate here. I am a firm believer that it isn't always necessary to ‘reinvent the wheel.’ We can learn a lot from others who are facing the same things we are. I am looking for creative solutions to difficult problems.
“If you have time to "surf the web" and do some research, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org,” Struck said. “Even if you only have an hour or two a week to help, it would be greatly appreciated. I will also be looking for someone to lead this team of volunteers and report the findings to the city council when a possible strategy is found. Perhaps someone out there has an original idea or two of their own. I would encourage you to come to a city council meeting and share it with us. We meet on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the South Bend City Hall.”
Neve Unseats Seals
Two council seats in South Bend had contested elections. Patricia Neve upended incumbent Cheryl Seals 261 to 168, or 61 percent to 39 percent for Position No. 3.
“I want to take this opportunity to say a hearty “thank you” to everyone who supported and voted for me to represent them on the South Bend city council,” Neve said. “I will do my utmost to live up to your individual expectations while ensuring the common good goals required by modern society.
“I ran on a platform of openness and transparency,” Neve added. “That will never change. I am at the museum every day and encourage you to come and chat or just say ‘hi’. I will never be too busy to see you.
“For those who voted for my worthy opponent, I will work equally hard for you,” Neve added. “I welcome your input. Some things do indeed take a village and I believe that together we can do it all.”
In the Position No. 5 race, incumbent Bob Hall was a winner over Kathy Balcom, 246 to 202, or 55 percent to 45 percent.
Incumbent Karla Webber ran unopposed for Position No. 4.
In the Port of Willapa Harbor Port Commissioner No. 3 race, Todd Stephens won easily over Arthur Zeigler. Stephens captured 61 percent of the vote, while Zeigler had 39 percent. Stephens received 1,505 votes and Zeigler had 979 votes.
Pebbles Williams and Mark Hatfield ran unopposed for positions 5 and 1 on the Raymond School Board.
Three positions were unopposed on the South Bend School Board, including those won by Chuck Spoor (No. 3), Todd Strozyk (No. 2), and Andrew Seaman (No. 1).
Dave Vetter ran unopposed for the Hospital District 2 Hospital Commissioner No. 3 position.