FALLS CITY – Falls City will have a new mayor come January.
Challenger Terry Ungricht, who currently serves on the Falls City City Council, defeated incumbent Amy Houghtaling, who was seeking her third term, and challenger Jim Partridge Tuesday night.
Ungricht received 195 votes, or nearly 52 percent, to Houghtaling’s 120 or 32 percent. Partridge earned 57 votes or 15 percent.
“It hasn’t set in yet,” Ungricht said of his victory shortly after initial elections were posted last night.
Ungricht said his first priority as mayor will be to take a closer look at the city’s budget, “to see that everything is spent efficiently.”
He said January will be a time of change on the council, with two new councilors – Jenn Drill and Tony Meier -- taking office and having to appoint someone to fill his seat, half to the council will be new in 2015.
“Our goal-setting session will be interesting to see where they want to go,” Ungricht said.