Birdseye voters craft new-look town councilNovember 7, 2018
By BILL POWELL
BIRDSEYE — Voters in Birdseye pared four candidates down to the three who will be sworn in as the new Birdseye Town Council in January.
As she had done in the spring primary, Democrat Mary Ann Cummings finished the top vote-getter in Tuesday’s election. She had 93 votes and was followed by Democrat Roy Partenheimer with 79 and Republican Bret Eckert with 71. Democrat Lisa Huff finished fourth with 59 votes.
Cummings, Partenheimer and Eckert will consitute an all-new town council for Birdseye.
Jerry Allstott, the town council’s current president, decided to not seek re-election. Councilman Clyde Huff finished fourth behind Cummings, Huff and Partenheimer in the spring primary and out of contention for the November ballot.
Councilwoman Kelly Wiseman lost a primary bid for Birdseye’s clerk-treasurer post to incumbent Brittany Schepers.
Cummings, who retired from MasterBrand Cabinets in Ferdinand to find time to devote to community and civic causes, said she saw her name on the television early Tuesday night after polls closed. The report said she had 0 votes at that time.
“I was excited to see my name on TV but then it had zero (votes) behind it,” Cummings said.
After learning she was the top vote-getter, Cummings said: “It’s good to have friends out there.”
Clyde Huff, who had urged Cummings to run, was the first to congratulate her.
“I thought that was nice of him,” she said.
Eckert, a Wabash Food Service salesman and pastor of First Pentecostal Church in Birdseye, learned his bid to join the council was successful while sitting on the bleachers at Cedar Crest Intermediate School at his 11-year-old son Austin’s sixth-grade basketball game.
Partenheimer thanked all those who voted for him and said the new council members “will see what we can do.”
The new council takes office in January but members of the sitting council indicated last week they would get the incoming group involved as the town picks a new part-time utility superintendent to replace the retiring Bob Morrow.
Applications will be screened during an executive session later this month.
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