Wilson holds onto Ward 2 seat

Fort Dodge City Councilman Don Wilson was reelected to a sixth term Tuesday when he fended off an electoral challenge from political newcomer Steven Clayton.

Wilson won 388 votes, or 59.06 percent.

Clayton won 263 votes, or 40.03 percent, according to election results posted Tuesday night by the Webster County auditor’s office.

Wilson represents Ward 2, which is the southern part of the city.

During Tuesday’s voting, he was the only candidate who has questioned or opposed the crosstown connector to be elected. He said Tuesday night that he’ll support the public’s apparent desire to complete that project, which will make First Avenue South a two-way street for its entire length.

”The citizens have spoken and they apparently feel they want this project and they feel that they can afford it,” he said. ”I’ll go along with what the citizens want.”

He added that he got what he wanted when the council decided to start some work on the project in the vicinity of First Avenue South and 25th Street instead of downtown. Wilson said he will continue to push for the repair of more residential streets.

He attributed his election win to hard work and listening to the public.

”I’m a person that listens to the people,” he said. ”I don’t have an agenda, I have their agenda.”

Clayton said running for council was a ”great enjoyment.”

”I wish those that did win all the best,” he said.