Moehnke, Taylor advance

Incumbent Councilman Mark Taylor and Terry Moehnke will be the candidates on the ballot for Ward 1 in the Nov. 5 Fort Dodge City Council election.

Moehnke won 142 votes, or 57 percent, according to unofficial results released Tuesday night by the Webster County auditor’s office.

Taylor won 83 votes, or 34 percent. Eugene Melvin Newsome won 22 votes, or 9 percent, and there was one write-in vote.

“I’m pleased with the results, obviously. I think we’ve got some important issues facing the city and our ward, and I appreciate our supporters for turning out,” Moehnke said. “Hopefully we can resolve some of our past differences and move forward.

“I anticipate there will be some additional questions and concerns that will come up that we’ll address, but I think the message is clear that we are looking for change, and I think tonight’s vote represents that.”

“Looks like I have a lot of work to do,” Taylor said,

“It’s kind of a low voter turnout,” he added.

There were 248 votes cast out of 2,969 registered voters in Ward 1, or about 8 percent voter turnout. Ward 1 encompasses Fort Dodge voting precincts 4, 5 and 6, in the western portion of the city.

“I don’t have the mechanism, the organization Mr. Moehnke seems to have to get the word out, but I’ll work on it,” said Taylor, “And maybe over the next few weeks in some of the debates we have, and when we see some of the true issues and some of the accomplishments I’ve had over the past few years, people will in greater numbers come out and we’ll see a different result.”

“Man, this is disappointing,” said Newsome. “I’m disappointed, but I’m not going to sit back in a rocking chair and say, ‘Well, I guess that’s the end of it.’ It’s not the end of it.”

Newsome said he wondered if the polling places were too hard to get to.

“In Precinct 4, I was surprised to find it was located at First Covenant Church,” he said. “I talked to some people, and they had no idea where the precinct (polling place) was.”

And in Ward 6, “If you had a voting place in Pleasant Valley, it would have been a whole different story,” Newsome said.

“I don’t know why the numbers would be as low as they are,” Moehnke said. “Primaries have a notoriously low turnout. I think it could have been a lot better.”

“I stood on the corner with my sign today, and most people had no idea there was even an election today,” said Taylor.

Taylor and Moehnke both praised Newsome’s ideas.

“I think Mr. Newsome had a few good ideas that match up with some of my ideas,” Taylor said. “I hate to see him out of the race, but I think maybe some of his voters will come my way.”

“I do want to thank Mr. Newsome. I think he’s been an asset to our community,” said Moehnke. “I look forward to utilizing his knowledge of issues that are facing the Pleasant Valley area.”