Incumbent Melissa Head and Col. Al Ringgenberg dominated Council Bluffs City Council primary election Tuesday, with newcomers Brandon Juon and Chad Hannan also moving on to the November general election.
Jim Nelson and Richard Dallinger finished out of the running in the primary, which was held to reduce the number of City Council candidates down to four - two for each of the two council seats up for election this year.
Meanwhile, Carter Lake voters advanced incumbent Russ Kramer and Gerald Waltrip to next month's general election in that city's mayoral race, eliminating a third candidate, Kelli T. Brock, in the process.
The final totals for the council race were Head with 772 votes, followed by Ringgenberg with 623. Juon finished with 454 votes and Hannan had 423. Nelson finished with 333 votes, while Dallinger had 70.
“I do think my four years on the council helped pull it off,” Head said of her showing. “I have a lot of great supporters and I plan to continue to work hard.”
Ringgenberg said he was not surprised by his strong showing.
“I've been out knocking on doors and collecting their feedback. I've been gratified by the response by people at the door. People aren't going to know candidates just from yard signs. They need to hear from you.”
Immediately after the final votes came in, Hannan said he and his campaign were ready to determine the next step.
“We're appreciative of the people who voted,” he said. “This is a starting block for us. I'm a family guy, and I want to do what is best to attract families here.”
Concerning the Carter Lake mayoral primary, Kramer received 291 votes or 46 percent of the total. He will face former mayor Waltrip, who received 176 votes or 28 percent.
“I'm just happy it looks to me that a good percentage of people in Carter Lake are happy with the direction we've been moving the last eight years,” Kramer said. “We've made some awesome improvements to the look of our city.”
Waltrip edged out first-time runner Brock, who received 165 votes or 26 percent.
“I got in this in the beginning to win the race," Waltrip said. “I think people believe in better leadership then they've had."