The City Council will have one new face when it is sworn in on Thursday, Aug. 11.
Former District 3 City Councilmember Zack Matheny will get to remove “former” and once again be District 3 City Councilmember Zack Matheny.
Matheny had the easiest race of the election, amassing 90 percent of the vote, and easily defeated the write-in candidates who had 10 percent. Matheny’s opponent Chip Roth dropped out of the race due to health reasons, which resulted in Matheny’s name being the only one on the ballot.
All four district city councilmembers who ran for reelection won.
The closest race was in District 2 where District 2 City Councilmember Goldie Wells with 1,930 votes for 51.54 percent narrowly defeated Cecile (CC) Crawford who had 1,809 votes for 48.3 percent.
Wells was appointed to the City Council in 2017 and then won a four-year term in the 2017 election. She also served on the City Council from 2005 to 2009 when she didn’t run for reelection.
The District 5 City Council race – which many believed would be close – wasn’t.
District 5 City Councilmember Tammi Thurm with 2,891 votes for 55.83 percent defeated former District 5 city councilmember Tony Wilkins with 2,277 votes for 43.97 percent.
This was a rematch of the 2017 election when Wilkins was the incumbent and Thurm the challenger.
Wilkins announced in April 2019 that he would be running for mayor in the 2021 election, and in February 2021 Wilkins announced he would not run for mayor but would run for City Council, but he did not specify whether he would run at large or for the District 5 seat. In June 2021 Wilkins announced he would run for the District 5 seat on the City Council.
Thurm has now defeated Wilkins three times in a row. Thurm won the 2017 election, the May 17 primary and now the July 26 general election by a wider margin than the other two.
District 4 City Councilmember Nancy Hoffmann easily won reelection with 5,446 votes for 64.59 percent over Thurston Reeder with 2,952 votes for 35 percent.
Of the four councilmembers running for reelection, District 1 City Councilmember Sharon Hightower had the easiest time winning. Hightower had 3,179 votes for 77.92 percent defeating Felton Foushee who had 882 votes for 21.62 percent.