New Parsons Council members elected

PARSONS – One incumbent Parsons City Councilman was defeated in Tuesday’s municipal election, while three new City Council members were elected.

Phil Fansler, the incumbent in Ward II, received the lowest vote total of the four candidates running. Pamela Ruediger will serve a two-year term, while incumbent Tim Auvil won a four-year term in Ward II, as did newcomer Bruce Kolsun.

In Ward I, voters selected incumbent Melissa Jones for a two-year term and newcomer Patrick Gray for a four-year term. They defeated Alecia Bryant, Sara Kelley Davis and Dennis Kelley, who ran against them for the Ward 1 seats.

Ward I Councilman David Greenlief still has two years left of his four-year term.

Parsons Mayor Dorothy Judy and City Recorder Connie Collins were both unopposed.

Parsons City Administrator/Treasurer Jason Myers said he was pleased with the election turnout.

“We had 64 residents who voted early, and 41 voters today in Ward I and 47 voters today in Ward II,” Myers said.

“Voting is important and I was happy to see voters exercising their rights. I think our levy election proved that every vote counts.”

Election results for Ward I were: Mayor, Dorothy Judy, 62; Recorder, Connie Collins, 60; Council, Melissa Jones, 44, Alecia Bryant, 29, Sara Kelley Davis, 10, Patrick Gray, 45, and Dennis Kelley, 15.

Results for Ward II were: Mayor, Dorothy Judy, 62; Recorder, Connie Collins, 65; Council, Pamela Ruediger, 61, Bruce Kolsun, 51, Phil Fansler, 21, and Tim Auvil, 51.

Parsons has approximately 950 registered voters. The unofficial voter turnout for Tuesday’s election was about 16 percent.