Three of the four downtown improvement bond projects went down in defeat during Tuesday's primary election, with voters only approving $5 million for road repairs.
Residents voted down spending $2 million in bonds for renovating the Egyptian Theatre, $2.2 million for building a convention center at Union Station and another $2.2 million to improve Municipal Gardens.Voter turnout was high for the off-year election, as 31 percent of the city's registered voters cast their ballots to decide the fate of the four bond issues and to select City Council members in a runoff race. The winners will now meet in the general election.
The incumbents won easily in the unofficial count, as Barbara Dirks and Robert DeBoer were the top vote-getters for the councilman-at-large race. They will face Dorman Baird and Wynn Covieo on Nov. 7. Terry Marcus was eliminated.
In Ward 1, incumbent Michael Miller and Robert Foxley got the most votes, eliminating the Rev. Robert L. Harris.
Incumbent Darrell Saunders will face off with Harvey Rogers next month in Ward 2. Matthew C. Hansen was eliminated.
And in Ward 3, four candidates were eliminated from the race as David Haun and Bryan K. Schade advanced. Defeated were Rula C. Flink, Carlin Maw, Allan Olsen and C. Doug Stephens. The seat is currently held by Councilman Robert Higginson, who didn't seek re-election.
No race was held for mayor in Ward 4 because only two candidates are running for each of those offices.
Mayor L. Clifford Goff will face Scott Sneddon on Nov. 7, and Councilwoman Bonnie McDonald is being challenged by Max D. Thompson.
In Ward 4, incumbent Bonnie McDonald will be challenged by Max D. Thompson.