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November 07, 2012
FALLS CITY -- Soon there will be two new faces on the Falls City Council.
Four people -- three who had never served on the council -- ran for the three open seats on the council during the Nov. 6 election.
Julee Bishop, the lone incumbent in the race, will be returning to serve a second term.
Bishop received 256 votes to lead the race, according to final unofficial results.
"I'm happy," Bishop said of her re-election. "There are so many things to accomplish and I hope we can get more input from the community."
Bishop said she was pleased to return to the council and be able to work with the its new members.
Winning the two other seats were two newcomers: Terry Ungricht, who received the second most votes with 211, and Alyssa Reynolds, with 200 votes.
Tony Meier was fourth with 170 votes.
At age 21, Reynolds will be the youngest member to serve on the council in at least three decades, and very likely longer.
Reynolds said she wasn't sure how to explain how she felt about being elected.
"I feels good that people voted for me, older people who I look up to," she said. "It feels nice to have people believe in me."
Reynolds said her main goal as a councilor is to represent younger residents to try to get them more involved.
"My main focus is really to reach out to the youth, to have them be more responsible and voice their views more," she said. "They see things differently than older people who are more set in their ways."
Ungricht, who was in Utah on election night, said he found out that he had beem elected to the council about an hour after early results were released.
"It feels great," he said. "I'm honored that they would trust me with the job."
Ungricht and Reynolds will replace outgoing councilors Henry Hughes and Erma Ferguson.