by Alan McArthur
There will apparently be a new mayor in Tracy after current mayor Brenda Ferguson received only 32.3 percent of the votes.
Write-ins received 67.7 percent of the votes. The only write-in candidate officially running against Ferguson was current Alderman Rita Rhoads, so it is widely assumed Rhoads will soon be officially announced as the new mayor.
The official results will not be released by the Platte County Board of Elections until Monday, when the write-in ballots have been counted and certified.
Ferguson received 22 votes on Tuesday. The write-in received 46 votes.
Rhoads spoke with The Landmark, but will not claim victory until the Board of Elections results are released on Monday.
“We were ready for a change,” said Rhoads. “We need to get the water tower fixed and get some new building going. It was time for a change.”
In the alderman race, the winners were Larry Hill and Bob Kaveler. Hill received 40 votes and Kaveler 38. A third candidate in the race, Dolores McDonnell, received 24 votes.
Two seats were open on the board, with positions filled on an at-large basis.
Hill and Kaveler were unavailable for comment by deadline Wednesday.