Ben Rausch wins run-off election to fill Waukon City Council At-Large vacancy

Voters in Waukon elected Ben Rausch to fill the At-Large vacancy on the Waukon City Council in the Tuesday, December 1 run-off election between Rausch and Christine Enyart. Official results now canvassed by the Allamakee County Board of Supervisors indicate that Rausch received 175 votes in comparison to 135 received by Enyart.
Both Enyart and Rausch were on the original November 3 City Election ballot, along with fellow candidate Jean Brink, in a race to fill a vacancy on the Waukon City Council created by the resignation of At-Large representative Darrold Brink in late August of this year. However, the City of Waukon has an ordinance provision requiring that candidates in such an election receive more than 50% of the vote total to be elected or a run-off election must be held between the two candidates receiving the most votes.
Enyart had actually been appointed to that vacant At-Large seat by the remaining members of the Waukon City Council following Brink's resignation until the next available election, with Rausch and Brink also vying for that appointment at that time. In that November 3 City Election, Rausch topped that three-candidate field with 209 votes, but that total only accounted for just under 46% of the overall vote total in that race. Enyart finished with 157 votes and Brink tallied 92 votes. Nearly one-third fewer voters cast a ballot in the December 1 run-off election in comparison to that initial November 3 city election.
Rausch assumed his At-Large seat at the December 7 Council meeting. He will serve the remainder of the four-year term that Brink had been elected to in 2013.

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