CENTRAL POINT — In a race with five candidates vying for two at-large City Council positions, two local business owners were leading over a pair of incumbents.
Initial election results Tuesday showed Rick Samuelson, owner of Judy's Central Point Florist, and Anytime Fitness owner David Douglas leading the City Council race.
Samuelson, who knocked on 1,015 doors talking to voters, commanded some 1,726 votes, leading slightly ahead of 1,667 for Douglas. Incumbent Councilwoman Kay Harrison received 1,614 votes, only 53 fewer than Douglas.
Incumbent Carol Fischer, a retired reporter, had 1,204 votes, while real estate broker Patrick Iler garnered 1,066.
Samuelson said he was grateful for voters' approval and promised, "to do the best job I can." Samuelson, who said voter support for two newcomers symbolized voters' desire for some new faces at City Hall, congratulated all five candidates on the integrity of the election.
"I'm impressed how there was nobody in this election that was ornery. I went to 1,015 doors and I didn't have a bad thing to say about anybody," he said.
"Even though I don't agree on all their ideas, there was no nastiness from anybody. I wish it was the same at all levels of government."
Harrison said she would be sad to leave City Hall, but was optimistic that things would "work out for the best."
"I would be sad if the city feels that it needs something different because I'd still really like to be there. But if they did decide on someone else, that's OK, too."