UPDATE: Radig reelected to the Sioux City City Council, Groetken and Moore get top votes
By Kristen Johnson, Multimedia Journalist/ Weekend Anchor - bio | email
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
Voters in Iowa went to the polls Tuesday, mostly deciding city races.
In Sioux City, a Council Member will stay on for another four years, and be joined by two new faces.
The primary's top two vote getters found themselves leading again, Tuesday night.
Attorney Dan Moore won narrowly with 4,408 votes.
Retired police captain Pete Groetken came in second with 4,299 votes.
Incumbent Keith Radig moved up from forth in the primary to capture and hold the last open seat on the city council.
This was not a one-issue race.
The winners said during their campaigns they heard a wide-range of concerns.
Issues like growing business, cutting taxes, improving the parks and other quality of life services.
Tuesday night, the winners talked priorities.
"The budget hearing process that we'll be going through. That's extremely important. We've got to get that right. I hope to hit the ground running. I think I can. I think I'll be prepared," said Moore.
"To me, it's providing the services that we do. I'm not really fond of the idea of cutting services. We can cut services and just stop doing them, but I think that's kind of what distinguishes Sioux City from the rest," added Pete Groetken.
"I think we do have to address housing in Sioux City. The number of units we have available, where we can plan for growth. As we move forward with economic development we're going to need more workforce for a lot of the jobs that will be created," said Keith Radig.
Their first item of business will be to elect a new city manager.
Moore and Grotken will replace Tom Padgett and John Fitch, who did not run for reelection.
More people voted by absentee in this election than the last city council race four years ago.
Only 309 people cast absentee ballots in 2009, and 2,756 voted absentee this year.
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