Newport City Council incumbent Tracy Rahm and first-time candidate Dan Lund were elected to office Nov. 4, with a combined 71 percent of votes.
Rahm came out on top with 38 percent, winning his bid for a second four-year term. Lund, who was looking to jump from the city’s Planning Commission to the City Council, received 33 percent.
A third candidate, Paul Hansen, trailed with 25 percent of the votes. Hansen ran unsuccessfully for Newport mayor two years ago.
Rahm said he was pleased and honored to have been re-elected to a second term, adding that he wants to begin improving “economic development more on the execution level.”
“We now understand the marketing and branding and getting things like the new transit station online,” he said. “But now we need to do more execution as the economy continues to improve.”
During his campaign, Rahm also focused on finances, growing the business atmosphere in the city and government transparency.
“I think there are a few things we’ve got to do administratively (moving forward)” he said. “We need to make sure the public has confidence in their local government.”
Rahm also cited keeping property taxes at a minimum while maintaining core city services as top priorities going into his second term.
Lund said he is looking forward to making the transition to the City Council in January.
“I was a little surprised at how close the margin was but I’ll take that as a sign that I need to do a better job of connecting with Newport residents,” he said election night.
Lund fills the seat vacated by one-term council member Steve Gallagher, who did not seek re-election.
While Lund was campaigning, he touted creating a better access to the Mississippi River and lowering property taxes as two items he’ll be vocal about.
Lund’s term on the Planning Commission expires this year, and he said his experiences on the volunteer board will positively translate to his new role on the City Council.
“Being on the Planning Commission helped make me aware of the issues affecting Newport,” he said.