Takacs gets nod in only contested Independence race

INDEPENDENCE -- The leadership of Independence during the next few years will consist of familiar faces.



INDEPENDENCE -- The leadership of Independence during the next few years will consist of familiar faces.

John McArdle was re-elected mayor in an uncontested race. He will serve his seventh consecutive two-year term.

"I'm gratified with the confidence the citizens have shown," McArdle said. "We have a great city council, a wonderful community, and working together we have lots of opportunities."

McArdle said a priority next year will be reviewing and acting on the next elements of Independence's 2020 Vision Plan -- a long-range development effort adopted in 2009.

Diana Lindskog and Marilyn Morton were re-elected in their unopposed bids to reclaim their Position 1 and Position 2 seats, respectively.

Morton has been a councilor since 2000. Lindskog will be serving a second term.

In the only contested race, incumbent Tom Takacs defeated challenger Cynthia Jaramillo for Position 4, receiving nearly 60 percent of the vote to Jaramillo's 40 percent.

Takacs was appointed to the council in July to fill in the remaining six months of former councilor Tim Hind's term.

Takacs joked about being envious of his peers who were running unopposed.

"They had it easy," he said with a laugh. "But it was good for my first election that I had to get out there, campaign and prove myself."

That he won by a large margin feels great, he said.

"But I feel like there's a real responsibility on me now," he continued. "People actually voted for me, to support them and their ideas ... I hope I can do well for them."



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