Sanders to join incumbents on Okoboji City Council
Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Correction: A previous version of this story mistakenly said Okoboji City Councilman Jim Hentges chose not to run for reelection rather than councilman Jerry Robinson. Staff regrets the error.
A pair of candidates hoped to fill a vacant Okoboji City Council seat this election, while two other council members aimed to retain their seats. Councilman Jerry Robinson chose not to run for reelection. Candidates Kae Hoppe and Dan Sanders filed papers to seek the elected position. Incumbents Julie Mau Andres and Walter Mendenhall were also up for reelection Tuesday, and both retained their seats on the council. Unofficial election night results showed Hoppe was 37 votes behind the nearest candidate and won't be joining the city council.
Sanders, who served on the city's board of adjustment, said ahead of Election Day that he hopes to serve serve all the citizens of Okoboji and share their voice as a council member.
"I have witnessed the current and past council members work hard to hold the line on spending in the city of Okoboji," Sanders said, later adding he would like to see the city continue to plan more long-term items to minimize future bonding needs.
Both Mau Andres and Mendenhall indicated ahead of the polls that they hoped to continue their time with the council in order to continue moving several current city projects, such as improvements along Lakeshore Drive, toward completion.
"I look forward to using my practical knowledge, diverse skillset and work ethic to evaluate options and find good, financially responsible solutions," Mau Andres said, noting her business experience in the local community.
Similarly, Mendenhall highlighted his experience serving on the city's personnel committee and involvement in hires within several departments.
"As a council, we have shown the ability to coordinate community and city goals," Mendenhall said.
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