Incumbent falls in Evansville City Council race

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Gina Duwe
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

EVANSVILLE—Matt Brown defeated longtime Evansville City Council member Barbara Jacobson in Tuesday’s election.

Voters also returned two incumbents, President Jim Brooks and James Montgomery, to the council.

Brown, who works in contractor sales at Nelson Young Lumber in Evansville, garnered 139 votes over Jacobson’s 74. He will take office at the council’s reorganization meeting Tuesday, April 21.

He said Tuesday night he’s excited to get involved and have some input.

“I’ve been here the majority of my life. … I really love this city, and I’m excited about where it’s going,” he said. “Just like anything else, there’s probably some things we can do better, but I do really like everything that’s here.”

This is the first elected position for Brown, who has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from UW-Whitewater.

Brooks, a District 2 alderman, said Tuesday night he was happy and thankful.

“It’s always good to have a contested race,” he said, because it brings out more ideas to discuss and think about.

He defeated middle school teacher Michael Maves, 99-88.

Brooks has been on the council since 2010 and heads the finance and labor relations, municipal services and economic development committees. He is the executive director of Evansville Community Partnership and community programs coordinator at Creekside Place, Evansville.

In the next few months, the council will wrap up its update of the city’s Smart Growth Plan, Brooks said. The big focus then will be on the zoning code.

“We need to go through that from one end to the other,” he said.

That’s what the city did with the personnel policy in 2013-14.

“It’s a matter of making things current,” Brooks said of the zoning policy. “There are places where it is not internally consistent. It makes it hard on people who are doing development.”

In the District 3 race, incumbent James Montgomery beat former councilman Jon Senn, 93-58.

Montgomery could not be reached for comment Tuesday night. He is a financial management specialist at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

He said before the election he enjoys serving on the council because it is satisfying to know he is doing good things for his community.

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