Incumbent keeps seat in Evansville City Council race

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April 1, 2008
— Incumbent Tony Wyse took in about 72 percent of Tuesdays vote to keep his seat on the Evansville City Council over challenger Karen Aikman.

Wyse won 91-35.

Im happy with the results and probably proud of the numbers, Wyse said Tuesday night. Ive been around here a long time, (and Im) happy to see that people want me to be involved with the community.

Aikman served a term as the District 3 alderwoman before losing to Sandy Decker in the mayors race in 2006. Wyse won his seat on the council that year as a write-in candidate.

With the incumbent winning in District 3, which was the only contested seat, the city council will have only one different face. District 2 Alderman Fred Juergens did not seek reelection, but former mayor and alderwoman Janis Ringhand will take over his seat.

I think itll be a good council, Wyse said. Well continue with a lot of what I think the mindset is of the council.

Much of that mindset is development, he said. As chairman of the economic development committee and member of the redevelopment authority, Wyse said hes looking forward to putting plans into action.

While the first two years were a learning curve, Wyse said hes excited to hear the results of five task forces working on an economic development plan for the city.

Theres just always a learning curve, he said. Now I have a better understanding, (and Im) optimistic about the next years.

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