Tuesday, November 07, 2006

The votes are in!

Thank you everyone for your help with my council bid. Whether it was poring over the list of Eveleth residents, proof-reading literature, sending notes, making calls, helping with the fundraiser, pounding the pavement, talking me up to co-workers, or just plain old well-wishing over the past several months, your support meant the world to me.

It was especially great to have the Randalls up here last night for one final push and to have Jen here today to help us celebrate.

Here's the article from the Mesabi Daily News:

Kuoppala, Kallevig Win In Eveleth
Likely Recount For 3rd Seat; 2-Vote Difference
Mesabi Daily NewsWednesday, November 08th, 2006 12:07:06 AM
Staff Writer

EVELETH — Liz Kuoppala was top votegetter in the Eveleth City Council race with 964 votes, while the second seat on the council went to former councilor Tom Kallevig.

But only two votes separated Kallevig and Bill Aho — 691 to 689, and there may be a recount. Incumbent Lyle Hendrickson came in fourth with 452 votes.

Bill Matos ran unopposed for mayor with 1,247 votes. There were 126 writein votes for mayor. Turnout was 1,665 voters from the 2,467 registered.

“I think the people in Eveleth were ready for a change,’’ said Kuoppala, adding that election results from across the country point to voters wanting a new direction. “A vote for me was a vote for change.’’ She looks forward to working with others on the council. “I think Eveleth’s best days are ahead of us.’’

Kallevig said both Kuoppala and Aho ran a good, hard campaign. “I knew this was going to be a competitive election. I’m just thankful for all the votes I got and am happy for the support.’’ Kallevig served two terms on the council, then sat out for two years. He said it would not surprise him if there were a call for a recount.

Aho said this was his first time in the election process. “I think it would be appropriate to seek a recount. It’s very, very interesting. We’ll see what happens,’’ he said.

Hendrickson accepted losing the election by offering congratulations to the winners. “The loss of this election will free up a lot of time for my wife and I to do a lot of other things that we have put on hold for the past four years,’’ Hendrickson said. “I encouraged some of the younger citizens to run for office, and as a result of this election I will pass along the challenge of promoting our city to the best of their ability and make it a great place to live. Congratulations to them and I wish them well, and a big thank-you to all those who supported me in this election.’’


Kuoppala's & in-laws said...

Hats off to Liz and all of her support team. Looks like I was pacing for no reason at all! Good Job! Congrats!


Kuoppala's & in-laws said...

Yahoo!!! It was wonderful to be a part of the final lit drop. Now, as you get down to the real business of holding a council seat, we will also be supporting you. May you be granted wisdom and energy to do the job correctly and successfully. The work you are embarking on is important work, but work that is often only rewarded with criticism. You can call and vent any time! The work of public service will also require you to make decisions about what is right or wrong. Remember to pray that you will be given wisdom to make these decisions correctly. ...You did a fabulous job of getting to this point. I know you will continue the same as you serve. Congrats and best wishes!!! -b

Kuoppala's & in-laws said...

LIZ!!CONGRATS! When you called that night... i screamed :D I am so proud of you! love you lotz!!

~a's eldest daughter!

Kuoppala's & in-laws said...

congrats liz when we were up there doing the lit drop it was awsoem to see all your signs as we drove around. that will be one unforgetable fun night ;) GREAT JOB DEb