Archive for Thursday, April 5, 2007

Drennon, incumbents win in race for council

April 5, 2007

Incumbents Betty Cannon and Mitra Templin were returned Tuesday for second terms on the De Soto City Council. They will be joined by political newcomer Mike Drennon.

Just as she did four years ago, Cannon was the most popular of the candidates with 416 votes. Drennon finished second in the six-way race with 327 votes, and Templin claimed the last of the three seats available with 315 votes.

Cannon attributed her success with voters to her willingness to listen to residents and to being a long-time resident, but said her continuing popularity with voters surprised her.

"I thought Mike would get the most votes," she said of her newly elected fellow council member.

Cannon said during the campaign she wanted another term to help finish some of the city projects started the last four years. On Wednesday, she said was ready to start working on a number of those projects.

"Hopefully, we'll finish up with the water and the riverfront park," she said. "I think we'll see big changes coming down the pike and hopefully some good changes."

But Cannon said De Soto City Administrator Pat Guilfoyle said the council would first tackle a more routine task.

"Pat said last night we were going to start working on the budget," she said.

Reflecting on the re-election of herself and Cannon to a second term, Templin said she thought voters responded to the progress the city has made the past four years. During that time, the city built a new swimming pool and wastewater plant and made numerous street and sidewalk upgrades.

But Templin said that progress would make the next four years more challenging for council members.

"The council and past councils laid a good foundation, and now we're going to take off and that's going to make it a lot tougher," she said. "Tougher in terms of making decisions and changes that may potentially happen and making sure things happen in a good way for our town."

During the campaign, Templin noted the good working relationship on the council. Although she said Linda Zindler -- who decided not to seek a third term on the council -- would be missed, she thought Drennon had a lot to add to the council.

"I think Mike has a very good business head on him and will be a very good addition to the council.

Drennon said he had developed relationships with Cannon, Templin and Councilman Ted Morse in recent years and was confident he could work well with them and Councilman Tim Maniez on the council.

A vice president with De Soto's FCB Bank, Drennon said he thought his message during the campaign, his active and visible role in the community the past few years and the growth of FCB Bank accounted for his success Tuesday. In the campaign, Drennon advocated the city take a pro-active role to encourage development, which might mean extending sewer lines to attract developers, and taking steps to differentiate the city before Sunflower developed.

"I'm excited about working on the budget, but also the sewer as I said in my campaign," he said. "I'd like to work to get development going in Commerce Park. It's been sitting out there for 15 years at a cost to the city. I'd like to see some development there so it can pay for itself."

The new council will be seated at the start of the council's April 19 meeting.

The results are unofficial until a canvass later this week.

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