In the fastest return of city election results in the past few years, current Ward 1 Sedalia City Councilman Steve Galliher won in a decisive victory against former Mayor Allen Hawkins.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Galliher garnered 1,200 votes to Hawkins’ 539 with 14 write-in candidate votes.
“I’m still shocked,” Galliher told the Democrat after election results were announced. “I’m stunned but very happy. Allen ran a good race and I thank him for that.”
Galliher thanked his supporters and committee members, as well as the voters on both sides of the contest.
“Even those that didn’t vote for me I’m proud of the turnout,” he said.
Hawkins said he was surprised at the result but proud of the campaign he ran.
“(The campaign) had a few dirty digs but that’s politics,” he said. “It was a good campaign. Now I’ll probably go back to Florida and continue to work down there helping economic development.”
Outgoing Mayor Elaine Horn congratulated Galliher, saying she was “proud that the projects he has been a part of for the past four years as a councilman will be able to continue under his leadership as mayor.”
Galliher said now that the election was over he was ready to get to work.
“I made some promises during my campaign about increased street work and that will continue to be my first priority,” he said.
Galliher will be sworn in as mayor during the next regular Sedalia City Council meeting, set for April 21.
In other mayoral races Ronnie Ollison won with 76 percent of the votes in Green Ridge, Paul F. Wilbern won with 58 percent of the vote in La Monte, and Damian L. Lemons won with 63 percent of the vote in Smithton.