Incumbents Reese Browher and Paul Wendelken will keep their seats on Rincon’s city council, and they will be joined by newcomer Ann Daniel.
Daniel polled the most votes of the seven candidates, garnering 352 votes. Browher, seeking a third term, had 332 votes and Wendelken, a 12-year veteran of city council, had 263 votes. The top three vote-getters claimed seats.
“I feel very humbled by the people’s confidence,” Browher said, joined by his wife and newborn. “I want to keep working hard for each individual and each problem and concern they have. I want to make sound policy for the city and address our traffic issues and continue to expand our recreation department, and most of all, make sure we remain property tax free in Rincon.”
Browher and Wendelken were the only two incumbents running. Lamar Crosby, whose seat also was up for election, opted to retire from the council.
Jeff Kublin finished fourth in the voting with 253 votes, with Peter Higgins taking fifth with 234 votes. Former Rincon mayor George Saraf had 116 votes in his bid for a council seat and Jeff Miller had 62 votes.
“I’m overjoyed,” Daniel said. “I’m excited to be able to have this opportunity. I look forward to working with the other council members. It’s going to be a challenge, but I’m looking forward to it.”
Daniel said she enjoyed the campaigning and meeting the residents.
“It gave me a chance to get out and talk and that I enjoyed,” she said. “It was a lot of hard work. But to me, that was part of what it takes to get elected.”
Browher limited his campaigning to the weekend in order to spend as much time as he could with his wife and their new child.
“I enjoy campaigning,” Browher said. “I enjoy getting out and meeting the people. It was tough but well worth it. I’m ready to get back to work.”
Rincon election results
Ann Daniel 343
Reese Browher 320
Paul Wendelken 263
Jeff Kublin 253
Peter Higgins 234
George Saraf 116
Jeff Miller 62