City Election Voting

Sioux City election official Marlo Griebel, left, helps Councilwoman Rhonda Capron insert her ballot into the machine Tuesday at Long Lines Family Rec Center. Capron won her bid for re-election.

Justin Wan, Sioux City Journal

SIOUX CITY | Newly re-elected City Councilwoman Rhonda Capron pledged Tuesday to finish work on Sioux City's Cone Park project and swimming pools.

"I'm going to continue until there's a conclusion. Those are things the city's needed to deal with for many, many years," Capron said. "It's not a popular subject. That's probably why the past councils didn't want to tackle it."

In the race for a single seat on the City Council, Capron defeated Thomas Venesky. This will be Capron’s second four-year term on the council.

Capron received 2087 votes -- or 77 percent. Venesky received 554 votes -- or 22 percent. In her first bid for council, Capron beat Flora Lee by a vote of 6,201 to 4,059 in 2011. 

Venesky had pledged to continue economic development and improve the city’s transit system. This was Veneksy’s fourth unsuccessful council bid. He was also defeated in 2009, 2011 and 2013.

"It was a good run," Venesky said of the council race. "Well, I guess she kinda killed me. She was a worthy opponent. It was a good race."

And it’s hardly arguable -- Mayor Bob Scott won the easiest election of his city career Tuesday. With that, he added, comes a plan for what may be his last mayoral term.

"As it got closer and closer nobody mounted a write-in campaign," Scott said. "There's worse things than losing an election, but as long as there wasn't anyone out there mounting a write-in campaign, I was pretty comfortable."

Scott, 64, the incumbent mayor who ran unopposed, received 1,889 votes -- nearly 100 percent. Woodbury County Auditor Pat Gill said there were several write-in votes for mayor.

Gill said turnout Tuesday was about 2,536 of the city's 49,000 registered voters -- or about 5 percent. 

Scott said Tuesday night that he plans to spend his new four-year term focusing on riverfront development and growing Sioux City’s population, which has declined over the years.

"Back in the '90s when we were investing in the riverfront and parks," Scott said. "We need to go back and do that like we had been doing."

Scott, a longtime business owner, was mayor from 1990 to 1997. He won his first four-year mayoral term in a direct election in 2011, defeating then-Councilman Tom Padgett.

Last month during a candidate forum at City Hall, Scott said he wanted the city to develop bike trails from Riverside to Chautauqua Park and Sergeant Bluff. He also said during the meeting that he would likely retire after his new term so he can spend more time with his grandchildren.

"You never say never, but at this stage I think there's a time to step away while you still have some good years left, and that's hopefully where I'll be," Scott said. "Hopefully, in that point in time, we'll have made progress."

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