by A.C. Hall
Voter turnout was way down this year compared to 2014 as there were no major federal positions on the ballot. In White Settlement, City Council place 4 incumbent Danny Anderson was defeated by opponent David Mann. Mann had a 47 vote lead in early voting, and held steady on election day en route to a 397 votes to 331 votes victory over Anderson. One thing Mann did extensively in recent weeks was campaign on the internet, utilizing local Facebook groups to get his campaign message out and answer questions from potential voters.
In White Settlement City Council place 5, incumbent Steve Ott held off the challenge of George Klecan to keep his spot on the council. Ott held just a 19 vote lead in early voting, but grew that lead to 50 as he finished with 383 votes to Klecan’s 331. These two candidates clashed over some of Klecan’s campaign ads, with Ott questioning the accuracy of some of Klecan’s statements. Ultimately voters swung Ott’s way, although Klecan has shown himself to be a scrappy candidate in recent years.
It was a good night for propositions as all local and state propositions passed by wide margins. The City of Lake Worth proposition to continue the street maintenance tax program that takes a small portion of sales tax and uses it for upkeep of city streets passed 248 votes to 27. All 5 City of White Settlement propositions updating and cleaning up the City Charter passed by wide margins. Similarly, all of the State propositions passed by big margins.
In the City of Benbrook, all incumbents were re-elected. Place 3 incumbent Larry Marshall defeated challenger Ethan Beaty 1165 votes to 536. With similar results in place 5, incumbent Jim Wilson defeated challenger Dan Tully 1173 votes to 558. Mayor Jerry Dittrich and place 7 council member Ron Sauma each ran unopposed and were re-elected.