Horace recall election vote totals show newcomers won with ease
Two incumbents tossed out
HORACE — Vote totals in the Horace City Council recall election where two incumbents were tossed out of their seats were released Wednesday morning, March 10.
Elected to the council were Naomi Burkland, 35, a mother of four and resident for eight years of the growing town of about 2,740 residents, and Jeffrey Trudeau, 45, who has owned property in the city for about 20 years.
The two will replace current council members David Fenelon and Bryan Schmidt. Also running was Zachariah Lee.
Cass County officials reported the unofficial results for the special election were Burkland, 376 votes and Trudeau, 317. Incumbents Fenlon and Schmidt got 212 and 210 votes respectively. Lee had 96 votes.
Both of the winners raised concerns about rising taxes and special assessments in the city, and that many residents were being left out in recent council decisions.
A total of 624 voters cast ballots, with 182 by absentee and 442 on Election Day.
Burkland and Trudeau will be sworn in at the next council meeting on March 15 and will serve the remaining three years on the terms of the two incumbents who were defeated. There are four members on the council elected at-large, plus the mayor.