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Centralia’s Cox wins re-election

Posted on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 10:22 pm

Mayor wins second term by more than 200 votes

With 44 of 44 precincts counted, 16,792 votes cast – a 13.66 percent voter turnout, the Boone County Clerk’s office has released these results.
Unofficially, Chris Cox received 465 votes to Tim Grenke’s 209, with one write-in vote in the race for Centralia mayor.
The Use Tax looks to have lost, 353-312 and the proposition to extend the term of mayor to three years looks to have passed 408-266.
In Sturgeon, things are changing, according to the county clerk’s office with three of three precincts reporting. Mike Butler has unofficially won the mayor’s race with 61 votes to Danny Joiner’s 59, and the Ward I race is 38-37 with Steve Crosswhite unofficially finishing ahead of Stan Robinson.

Centralia Mayor Chris Cox, shown here speaking to the Centralia Kiwanis, has won a second term as mayor.

In Hallsville, Carli Carmack looks to have received 45 votes to Trynton Roberts’ 29. In the Hallsville School Board race, Torrie Vroman finished with 349 votes to Jessica Hassler’s 303 and Tonya Schleeter’s 278, with five write-ins.

The BCFPD Question 1 seems to have passed, 2,818 to 464.
Cox said he was humbled by the win.
“I am pleased,” he said. “I think it was a fair contest, a fair election. I’ve got two more years of work to do  and want to make the most of it, than hand the mayor’s office off to somebody good.”
Cox said those plans included a lot of work on Centralia’s streets and stormwater system.
His plans include modifying the stormwater drainage system in south Centralia as well as upgrading and paving Centralia’s paving and Ivy Streets.
“We are a flat city, but there are ways to make the ditches safer, control the water flow, control mosquitos,” he said. “We should also be able to get curb and gutter on Columbia Street at the same time.”
His victory-night comments kept coming back to growing up in Centralia.
“I am so proud to be able to give back to the town where I grew up. The town where I learned how to drive on my grandfather’s John Deere tractor. This town is special to me and the people are special and I am honored they have given me two more more  years to pay them back.”
He did say that in the future he would like to see greater voter turnout.
“Absolutely, people need to be informed about their government, and participate in it. The most basic way the can do that is vote. Their vote is their freedom. People need to know their elected officials’ platforms and vote on them, that is what they are voting for, their freedom.”
Cox’ opponent, former six-term Centralia Mayor Tim Grenke was surprised by the 256-vote loss, a large one than his 10-point loss during the last mayors’ race. “I just don’t know,” he said. “I guess I should have campaigned harder. I think I campaigned harder than last time. I think we both did. Yes, we pushed each other to campaign harder this time, iron sharpens iron. I never had a problem with the job he did, but I had prayed about it after people asked me to run and made the decision I made. Anyway, the best election is a contested election.”
For more, see next week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.

Centralia Mayor Tim Grenke reading a proclamation honoring the late Coach Jim Enlow.

Former Centralia Mayor Tim Grenke reading a proclamation honoring the late Coach Jim Enlow. Fireside Guard file photo.