Nelson to lead new council after landslide win

Nelson to lead new council after landslide win
Elaine Hayes / Source: KFDA
Elaine Hayes / Source: KFDA
Freda Powell / Source: KFDA
Freda Powell / Source: KFDA
Howard Smith / Source: KFDA
Howard Smith / Source: KFDA

Ginger Nelson, Mayor

Nelson earned 80 percent of the election's votes, resulting in a decisive victory over her two opponents for the lead role at City Hall. Nelson campaigned for growth in Amarillo's economy and job market, as well as increasing Amarillo's City Council's communication with residents.

QWhat do you think you would bring to the city council that's not there right now?

Elaine Hays, Place 1

Hays was one of two candidates who challenged current council members and defeated incumbent Elisha Demerson in the Place 1 race. She campaigned for a unified front between the Chamber of Commerce, city council and other major boards.

From Creating the Council:

Q: What are your major campaign points and how do you plan to make them happen?

Freda Powell, Place 2

Powell went up against fellow election newcomer James Schenck to take the win with 76 percent of the vote. Powell has a background in supply chain management and campaigned with focuses on improving streets, public safety and communication with open government.

Q: Do you think the city should continue to issue bonds to fund future projects, or just use money allocated in the annual budget?

Dr. Eddy Sauer, Place 3

Sauer went up against Tom Warren II to take the win for Place 3 with 79% of the votes. Sauer has been a dentist in Amarillo for 30 years. He said his experience dealing with patients and healthcare will help him handle communication and budget planning on the council.

From Creating the Council:

Q: What letter grade would you give to the current city council and why?

Howard Smith, Place 4

Smith is one of two candidates going up against an incumbent council member, and he defeated current member Mark Nair for Place 4. Smith has served on several city boards and wants to focus on listening to Amarilloans and restoring trust in the city.

Q: What do you think you would bring to the city council that's not there right now?

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