Fritz secures a second term

Jeffrey Halter and Councilman Andy Fritz won the two at-large seats on the Fort Dodge City Council Tuesday.

Halter was the top vote getter, winning 2,211 votes or 37.97, according to election results released by the Webster County auditor’s office.

Fritz, who secured his second term on the council, won 2,029 votes, or 34.84 percent.

Greg Nolting, a former councilman and Webster County supervisor, won 1,068 votes, or 18.34 percent.

Rich Seltz, who dropped out of the race, but whose name still appeared on the ballot, won 489 votes, or 8.4 percent.

”The people have spoken,” Fritz said. ”We can get Fort Dodge moving again. Boy, I sure look forward to the next four years and making Fort Dodge bigger and better.”

”I think you’re going to see the crosstown connector move forward again,” he added.

He said he hopes that any opponent of the crosstown connector who defeated in the election will be ”big enough men” to allow the council to move forward without interference on the project.

Halter won a council seat that will be vacated by Councilman Robert ”Barney” Patterson, who did not seek a second term.

”I think Fort Dodge is sending a positive message,” he said Tuesday night.

He said he’ll concentrate on making good on his campaign pledge to make Fort Dodge a better place to live, work and play. He said he believes quality of life improvements will draw people and businesses to the community.

Nolting declined to comment apart from thanking the people who voted for him.