Enright and Bednar advance, incumbent Martin is out

Published 7:07 am Wednesday, August 11, 2010

After a lackluster showing at the polls, Third Ward City Council member John Martin will not get the chance to run for reelection in November.

Martin finished third in Tuesday’s primary, as Judy Enright and Jeff Bednar advanced.

Martin, who has been known as a free spirit of sorts on the council and who has at times clashed with other members, could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday night.

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Enright, who won the race with 261 votes, said Martin may have presented himself as too much of a free thinker, which may have made him look like someone unwilling to cooperate with the rest of council.

The Riverland Community College physical plant director also said she thought she and Bednar may have campaigned harder than the incumbent.

That said, Enright stated she was nonetheless excited to advance to the general election.

“I’ve been feeling pretty good when I’ve been talking to people,” she added.

Bednar, who currently works in construction and also serves on the city’s planning commission, said he too is excited to advance, although he knows a lot of work remains to be done on the campaign trail.

Bednar added that Tuesday’s results signify a changing of the times in Ward 3.

“I’d like to thank everyone for voting,” he said. “Obviously, they’re looking for a positive change.”

Ward 3 election results

Judy Enright: 261 votes

Jeff Bednar: 204

John Martin: 98