Monroe elects Geoffrey Thomas as mayor
MONROE - Voters last week elected Geoffrey Thomas as their new mayor.
Thomas won by a nearly 10-point lead over opponent and current City Councilman Ed Davis.
Thomas said he had been doorbelling for months leading up to the election to get to know residents and allow them to get to know him. Since he started on June 15, he had spent every weekend except for one going door to door.
His method to doorbelling was different than the standard politician’s approach of ringing the bell, he said, which is usually the politician asking for the resident’s vote and moving on.
“I engaged each of the people I met, and gave anywhere from five to 45 minutes of time to just sort of listen to people,” Thomas said. “I know that as a citizen, I want to know that my elected officials will listen to me. And since that’s something I expect of my elected officials, I feel like it’s something that I will be sure to bring to my position as mayor.”
Thomas said he learned “a lot from a lot of different people.”
“I look forward to serving in our community,” Thomas said.
As of press time, a total of 2,690 ballots had been turned in for mayor, and Thomas was winning with 52 percent of the vote.
Thomas received 1,391 votes to Davis’ 1,283.
Current Mayor Robert Zimmerman’s last day will be Dec. 31.
Thomas will be sworn in Jan. 7 at the regularly scheduled City Council meeting.
The seats of four City Council members were up for election this year.
Position 1 went to incumbent Kevin Hanford who was challenged by Brad Waddell. There were 2,539 total votes turned in for the position, and Hanford was winning with 54 percent of the vote.
Hanford received 1,377 votes to Waddell’s 1,145.
Position 2 went to incumbent Patsy Cudaback who didn’t have an opponent.
Cudaback received 2,106 votes.
Position 3, which is being vacated by Councilman Tom Williams, was a close race.
At press time, there were a total of 2,503 votes turned in for the position, and Jeff Rasmussen was winning with 50 percent of the vote.
Rasmussen received 1,260 votes to Mike Stanger’s 1,229.
The council’s At-Large Position was won by current Position 1 Councilman Kurt Goering.
There were 2,533 total votes turned in for the position, and Goering was winning with 58 percent of the vote.
Goering received 1,481 votes to Daniel Williams’ 1,038.
Goering had to retire from Position 1 because of term limits.
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