Santini, Morris win in Woodbury City Council race
With all precincts reporting, City Council candidates Jennifer Santini (23.57 percent) and Steve Morris (14.89 percent) have won the two open seats.
Santini led the field of nine candidates with nearly one-fourth of the vote throughout Tuesday night, with Morris holding strong in the second slot.
Santini, a Woodbury resident since 2009, is an attorney and small business owner. She currently chairs the city's 2040 Comprehensive Plan Task Force and is on the Economic Development Commission.
"It has been humbling to receive such support from the Woodbury community and I am honored to now be able to serve on their behalf," Santini said in statement Wednesday. "The importance of the job does not fall lightly on me and I promise to carry out the duties of council member in the best interests of the community."
"As I met with residents throughout this campaign season, so many agreed that Woodbury is truly a great city. We can, of course, do better and continue to improve and I look forward to working with residents to do just that. I hope to hear from residents often and I hope to see more and more people engaged in the community. I thank the voters for their trust, support and votes!"
Morris, who oversees retail operations strategies for SuperAmerica, began working in Woodbury in 1999. He currently serves on the city's Planning Commission. He is also a member of the Metropolitan Council's Community and Business Advisory Committee, which is overseeing development of the METRO Gold Line.
"I’m so very honored my neighbors and community placed their trust in me as their city councilman," Morris said in a statement early Wednesday morning. "I’ve learned so much listening to folks and hearing what’s on their mind as I’ve knocked on doors and visited with people over the last several months."
"Woodbury, we all know is a great place to live and work, and so I’m thrilled to be a part of that future and look forward to working with everyone. Thank you to my fellow candidates who also have worked so hard this campaign season. It’s a privilege to hear and learn their views as we’ve challenged each other and as we’ve worked for our communities votes. I thank everyone for their support and look forward to getting to work."
Results for the remaining candidates:
Bill Braun 11.33%
Kelsey Kawohl 6.42%
Jodell Miller 7.92%
Amanda Hemmingsen Jaeger 10.72%
Kim Wilson 12.36%
Roger Splinter 8.53%
Beau Bieniek 3.59%