People said they liked the way city leaders were doing things, Matt Walsh said. They expressed that sentiment loud and clear on Tuesday by electing Walsh, a longtime City Council member, to be Council Bluffs’ next mayor.
Walsh defeated former state lawmaker Brent Siegrist by a final vote count of 3,812 to 2,276. Walsh will replace Tom Hanafan, who was mayor for 25 years before deciding to step down at the end of this term.
“I’m glad it is over,” Walsh said of the campaign. “I ran a good campaign and had lots of great help – a lot of people supporting me. As I went door knocking, people said they were happy the way things were going, and we will keep things going that way.”
He plans to keep property taxes under control and work on more economic development, Walsh said.
Siegrist, who had been out of politics for 10 years, said Walsh’s better name recognition was a factor in the race, but he was happy with his campaign.
“I ran the race I wanted to and talked about the issues I thought were important. I don’t think there is any doubt that my running made him a better candidate.”
Meanwhile, Melissa Head and Col. Al Ringgenberg won seats on the City Council. Head, an incumbent, led the four-person field with 3,825 votes.
“I think it’s exciting to serve another four years,” she said. “I think it’s a good indication about how I served the first four years”
Head said her priorities include keeping taxes from going higher and seeking development around the Playland Park area.
Ringgenberg said going door-to-door around the entire city was the key to his success.
“I heard what they had to say, and they are concerned about property taxes and about City Hall not listening to them. I went out and listened to them and that was the key.”
Ringgenberg’s final vote count was 2,783, ahead of Chad Hannan at 2,336 and Brandon Juon at 1,922.