MASON CITY | John Jaszewski, a veteran political warhorse, and Will Symonds, a political newcomer, were elected to the City Council Tuesday.
Jaszewski, who previously served three terms on the council, defeated Matt Marquardt for the Fourth Ward seat.
Symonds beat Troy Levenhagen, a current Park Board member, in the Second Ward.
Complete but unofficial totals showed Jaszewski with 367 votes, 57.2 percent, to Marquardt's 275, 42.8 percent, in the Fourth Ward.
In the Second Ward, Symonds had 385 votes, 66.4 percent, to Levenhagen's 195, 33.6 percent.
"I tried to run a really positive campaign and I think people responded to that," said Jaszewski, 69, a retired videographer who won his first election to the council in 1993.
"Matt worked hard in his campaign, and you have to give him credit for that," he said.
Symonds said he thinks door-knocking was a key to his successful campaign. "I didn't have a large budget to work with so I concentrated on door-knocking. That gave me the opportunity to talk to a lot of people face to face. I knocked on 600 doors," he said.
Symonds, 28, who works in the IT Department at First Citizens Bank, said a common theme of citizens he talked to is that they want to know more about what's going on in government. He said he thinks that's part of the aftermath of the Prestage controversy of last year.
The election culminates a year of transition in city government in which five of the six City Council members have been elected.
In addition to the two elected Tuesday night, at-large Councilman Paul Adams was elected in a December 2016 runoff; Joshua Masson was elected in a September special election; and Tom Thoma ran unopposed in November. The other council member, First Ward Councilman John Lee was first elected in 2011.
A new mayor will also take office in January — but not new to the job. Bill Schickel was elected three times as mayor between 1989 and 2001 and has most recently served on the City Council. He was once again elected mayor on Nov. 7.
In addition, the mayor and new council will be searching for a new city administrator to succeed Brent Trout, who left in October to become city manager in Topeka, Kansas.