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April 2, 2014

Nelson retains 2nd Ward seat

DUNCAN — Dr. Mike Nelson put his hometown ties to good use  when he won re-election on Tuesday to the 2nd Ward seat on the Duncan City Council.

Nelson received 1,339 votes,  46.2 percent of the total, to win.

Chris Schreckengost received 953 votes for 32.9 percent and Bill Schneekloth received 607 votes for 20.9 percent.

“I put my faith in Duncan residents,” said Nelson, who won his first term in 2011.

Of the 15 precincts voting in the council race, Nelson carried all but three. Those three (The Christian Center, First United Methodist and West Side Christian Church) were carried by Schreckengost with the biggest margin being  30 votes. Schneekloth didn’t win any precincts, but did top  Schreckengost in Precinct 16, Western Heights Baptist Church, by 23 votes.

Western Heights also carried Nelson’s biggest margin. For that polling location, Nelson received 241 votes, putting him 138 votes above Schreckengost and 115 above Schneekloth.

“I’m excited about starting to work on some streets,” Nelson said of his re-election. “I’m really pleased with the voter turnout. When I decided to run again, I decided not to put a lot of money in it.”

Nelson didn’t print any campaign signs.

While Schreckengost and Schneekloth’s names were posted throughout  Duncan on yard signs, Nelson maintained a low profile until the last few weeks when he bought ads in The Duncan Banner.

Schneekloth said he had a good time running for office, but is happy with the candidate who won.

“First, I’m discouraged I didn’t win,” Schneekloth said. “But I think we’ve got a guy who’s going to do a really good job, Dr. Mike Nelson. I said if I won, I was going to dedicate myself and be a full-time councilman. Maybe now, I can really retire.”

He said he intends to attend Duncan City Council meetings and won’t hesitate to speak his voice. He said he will do what he can for his community to improve the quality of life for Duncan residents.

“My job is not over,” said Schneekloth, 70, a retired manufacturing plant manager. “It’s been an exciting adventure, a fantastic experience.”

Schreckengost, 42,  said the campaign trail introduced him to people throughout the community, and he said he is walking away from the experience with more friends. Like Schneekloth, Schreckengost plans to stay involved in the city.

“It was a good experience,” Schreckengost said. “I got a lot of good support. It was a great example for my kids.”

He said he thinks Nelson’s hometown ties to the community tipped the election in his favor. Schreckengost, a native of New York state who is a district manager for Enterprise Rent-A-Car,  has lived in Duncan seven years.

For Nelson, being re-elected  means he can see several projects to fruition,  including the installation of a splash pad at Douglass Pool, the Heritage Trails walking trail project and improvements to Duncan’s streets.

“It’s an exciting time to live in Duncan,” he said.

He expressed gratitude to Schneekloth and Schreckengost for raising awareness about local government by running for office. He said more people should be involved in city government, and he was glad two chose to run against him.

Nelson’s term will keep him in office another three years. And by not passing out campaign signs, Nelson said he saved himself an unpleasant chore.

“I do not have to clean up campaign signs,”  he said.

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