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story.lead_photo.caption David McDaniel fills out his ballot during Tuesday's municipal election at the Fulton Ward 4 polling location at First Baptist Church at 701 Court St. The election featured 15 races in Callaway County — some unopposed — that focused on both city government and school boards. Photo by Ryan Boland / Fulton Sun.

Some new faces are coming to the Fulton City Council.

Mike West and Lauren E.H. Nelson defeated incumbents Valerie Sebacher and Rick Shiverdecker to win seats in Ward 1 and Ward 4, respectively, in Tuesday's municipal election, according to preliminary results from the Callaway County Clerk's office.

West received 133 votes (54 percent) in defeating incumbent Valerie Sebacher with 113 (46 percent) in Ward 1. Sebacher served one term.

West is returning to the Fulton City Council after previously serving for 14 years — five terms in Ward 1 and two terms in Ward 4.

"It feels very good — I wanted to serve the people," West said. "I'm happy to be back and looking forward to the next two years and bettering the city for our citizens."

Nelson, meanwhile, earned 107 votes (65 percent) in turning back Shiverdecker, who received 57 votes (35 percent). Shiverdecker was seeking a sixth term.

"I'm so excited," Nelson said. "I look forward to serving our ward and really getting a chance to serve the people."

Incumbent Jeffrey Stone was running unopposed to return to his Ward 2 seat on the Fulton City Council and received 65 votes (98 percent). There was one write-in vote.

Alan Combs was also running unopposed for a Ward 3 seat in Fulton and received all 130 votes.

Eric Palmer Qualls was running unopposed to serve as the city attorney for Fulton and accumulated 501 votes (99 percent). There were five write-in votes.

Here are results from other city races from around Callaway County on Tuesday:


Ashley Steinbeck — who previously was South Ward alderman — ran unopposed for mayor and tallied 24 votes (89 percent). There were three write-in votes.

Clifford Wenneker ran unopposed for the South Ward seat and compiled 16 votes (94 percent). There was one write-in vote.

Robin Burch received six votes (67 percent) to defeat incumbent Monica Ayers with three votes (33 percent) to become North Ward alderman.


Mayor B. Jo Belmont was running unopposed to serve another one-year term and earned all nine votes. Shauna Lenhard was also running unopposed for councilperson at-large and received all eight votes.

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Michael D. Harvey was running unopposed for Ward 1 alderman and logged 63 votes (98 percent). There was one write-in vote.

Chris Redel was also running unopposed to serve as Ward 2 alderman and received 35 votes (97 percent). There was also one write-in vote.

The official results will be certified later this week.

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