Newcomer Mike Kluck ousts incumbent Gary Payson Sr. for Elkhorn City Council seat

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Andrea Anderson
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

ELKHORN—In his role as Elkhorn alderman, newcomer Michael Kluck plans to maintain the city’s small-town feel while managing spending and bringing in revenue by attracting businesses and people.

Kluck beat incumbent Gary Payson Sr. for the Elkhorn City Council District 2 seat by 65 votes Tuesday.

Payson has served on the council for the last nine years, was a four-term council president and serves on several committees and boards.

An elated Kluck applauded Payson for his years of service to the city.

“I can’t say enough about Gary,” Kluck said. “I appreciate everything he’s done in the past.”

Kluck said he’s honored to get the voters’ respect and plans to serve them to the best of his ability.

“I just want to thank all the people that voted for me,” he said. “Without them, I wouldn’t be sitting in the seat of alderman District 2.”

Kluck, still shocked by the results late Tuesday night, hopes to work with fellow council members on attracting businesses, events and people to Elkhorn and continue the city’s economic growth and development.

Kluck also plans to make sure the city is fiscally conservative, something Elkhorn has improved on over the last year, he said.

“One of the biggest things that we can help the residents with taxes is to bring more revenue in so taxpayers aren’t seeing their bills raised when we’re doing the spending,” Kluck said. “By bringing more revenue in by bringing more businesses and tourism in, that money can offset some of the spending we do in the future.”

Kluck has lived in Elkhorn for more than 10 years and has a degree in marketing. He believes he can use his marketing experience to attract people and businesses and help the city grow.

Last updated: 9:51 pm Tuesday, April 7, 2015

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