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|Many Changes on Abingdon City Council
|Abingdon will have a new-look city council after four new members are sworn in during Monday night's meeting.
Along with the new aldermen, a new mayor and the incumbent city clerk will take the oath of office. Roger Stegall defeated Mayor Steve Darmer and long-time educator Don Smith in the April 7 election with 44 percent of the votes cast. Smith finished second and Darmer third.
City Clerk Sheila Day won another term in office by gathering 69 percent of the vote against challenger Nikki Stranger.
Only two incumbents remain on the city council - Aldermen Ronnie Steele and Myron Hovind. The winners of the four-year seats on the council were Shane Peterson in Ward 1, Delores Johnson in Ward 2, Jason Johnson in Ward 3 and Dean Edmonson in Ward 4. Peterson and Delores Johnson are newcomers to the council. The voters previously elected Edmonson to the city council in April of 2007, but he stepped down the following October, citing health reasons. Jason Johnson also returns as an alderman after stepping down from his seat in October of 2007 because of what he described as a possible future conflict of interest.
The four new aldermen replace four who chose to not run again - Rich Slagel, Bambi Cohagen and Dale Schisler and Melissa Johnson - Jason Johnson's wife who was appointed to his seat when he resigned. Slagel took over for Edmonson when he stepped down.
Incumbent alderman Mike Boggs and Dean Fairbank, who was appointed by Darmer last year, were defeated in their bids for four-year seats. Two, two-year seats on the council remain vacant and will likely be appointed by Stegall.
|05 03 09 by Newsroom
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