7 council candidates head to general election: Third Ward winners separated by one vote

Published 11:07 pm Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Tuesday’s city council primary election results are in, with six of nine candidates coming out of the primary for the general election in November.

Four seats are up for grab this year, with three on the ballot in Tuesday’s primary. Austin voters narrowed the number down to six for the general election, with each race now fielding two candidates.

A seventh candidate, Jason Baskin, who is running unopposed to fill the Second Ward seat currently held by retiring Councilman David Hagen, will also appear on the ballot in November.

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Candidates Susan Fell Johnson, Lynn Spainhower and First Ward Councilman Jeff Austin competed on Tuesday to take the place of retiring Councilwoman Janet Anderson in the At-Large seat.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting in, First Ward Councilman Jeff Austin and candidate Susan Fell Johnson were declared last night’s winners.

“It’s good news,” said Austin, who had just got off of work when he heard the results. “I feel good moving on and I appreciate the voter’s confidence in me. I look forward to the general election.”

Johnson, who placed second,  topped Spainhower by 70 votes.

First Ward

With First Ward Councilman Jeff Austin opting to run for the At-Large seat, candidates Jeff Arneson, Aaron Jones and Rebecca Waller went into Tuesday’s primary vying for a chance to fill the First Ward seat.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting in, candidates Rebecca Waller and Jeff Arneson were declared the winners. Waller had the largest percentage of any candidate, with 49.12 percent of the vote.

Third Ward

Candidates Brian Heimer, Joyce Poshusta and Nathan Wradislavsky went into Tuesday’s election with the hopes of replacing retiring Councilwoman Judy Enright.

The Third Ward race proved to be the closest, with winners Brian Heimer and Joyce Poshusta separated by only one vote.

“I’m super excited,” Heimer said. “I’m glad Joyce and I can move forward. I think the thing will be to separate myself from her and let the voters make the right decision.”

“I feel great,” Poshusta said. “I’m excited about continuing my campaign and the election.”

The closeness of the race was not lost on either of them.

“I think it’s interesting it was a close race,” Poshusta said. “It’s going to be a good competition and I’m going to have to be on top of my campaign.”

“I think voting in general is important,” Heimer said. “If today was the general election, I would have won by one vote. Any person could be that voter.”