By Mike McKibbin
An experienced Edgewater City Council member will slide into the mayor’s seat, after city voters chose a mayor and three City Council members in the Nov. 7 general election.
Along with current mayor Kris Teegardin, incumbents whose terms expired this year include Mayor Pro Tem Todd Riddle and councilwomen Laura Keegan and Janet Spangenberg. Keegan and Riddle were among four candidates for mayor, along with Grant Babb and Bonnie McNulty. Keegan won the four-way race with 312 votes, Riddle received 274, Babb 253 and McNulty 200 votes.
Keegan, who will serve a two-year term, said she was very honored to have been chosen mayor and felt her more than eight years on the City Council helped.
“I’m familiar with the city and the growth we’ve seen,” she said. “I really reached out to people to say I’ve actively participated and I want to continue.”
John Boltran garnered the most votes among the six city council candidates – 618 - and called the campaign a “rewarding and validating experience.”
“Now I want to take the ideas and suggestions I heard from the voters to help the city work toward solutions,” Boltran said.
Caleb Rountree, with 495 votes, and Spangenberg, with 443, were also elected to four-year terms. Other candidates and vote totals: Cory Reid-Vanas, 390; Darrin Levy, 378; and Virgie Carr, 208.
Riddle said he was disappointed at his second-place finish and felt four candidates for mayor in a smaller community was too many. “The vote was split too many ways,” he said.
Responsible growth and land-use issues were among the top concerns Riddle heard from voters, along with a desire to have the city’s code enforcement officer work full-time instead of part-time in response to the city’s growth rate.
Code enforcement efforts, home affordability and development were the top issues Boltran heard from voters.
“I was surprised to hear how important the issue of code enforcement is to Edgewater residents,” Boltran later wrote in an email. “Addressing this issue, as well as concerns on development and affordability, will be top priorities for me. I heard several ideas for solutions to these issues while campaigning. Going forward, I plan to turn these ideas into action through collaborative efforts with the community, my fellow councilmembers, and city staff.”
Keegan said city administrators will soon address the code enforcement officer situation.
Boltran added Edgewater needs to strengthen relationships with its citizens, and the City Council, along with Keegan, need to take a team approach to tackle issues. Keegan said the city needs to improve its communication with residents.
The new mayor and council members will be sworn into office at the first regular City Council meeting following certification of election results.