Long-time city volunteer Jennifer Stalford was the top voter-getter with 905 votes to easily win one of two city council seats up for grabs in November. It was her first time running for office.
Stalford filled a number of volunteer positions with the city, particularly as leader of its beautification committee, which oversaw construction of the Living Memorial Gardens. Stalford ran on increased volunteer participation and connectivity between parts of the city.
“I’m just thankful the voters put their confidence and trust in me to serve them and do what’s right for our city,” Stalford said.
She referred to the campaign as “the longest job interview of your life” and said she’s pleased to have heard so many concerns from residents. She wants to look at election data and see what parts of the city didn’t turn out in as high numbers as others, to find ways of making those areas feel more connected.
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Incumbent Dottie Hersey won the other open seat and Stalford said the net result of her being the only new face on Council is a good one.
“There’s only one person to have a learning curve,” she said.