SIOUX CITY | Dan Moore, Pete Groetken and Keith Radig emerged victorious in a race for Sioux City Council, based on Tuesday’s preliminary results.

Unofficial results show Moore had 4,403 votes, followed by Groetken with 4,299 and Radig with 3,307. Failing to earn a seat were Doug Batcheller with 2,503 votes, followed by Jim France with 2,226 and Maria Rundquist with 1,635.

Tuesday’s results mark the end of a three-month campaign that included an October primary that whittled a field of eight down to six candidates for Tuesday’s election.

Winners will start their four-year terms on Jan. 1. Their first City Council meeting is Jan. 6.

Radig, the only incumbent on the ballot, said that months of going door-to-door paid off in his bid for re-election.

Radig joked that a "curse" has prevented incumbents from winning for nearly eight years.

“If I’m going to break a curse, that’s a good one to break,” he said.

Radig, who used very little social media to promote his campaign, instead focused on face-to-face interaction to push his stance on continuing to cut deficit spending and passing a balanced budget that does not burden residents with more taxes.

Radig was the lone vote against a budget in February that passed the city’s first tax increase in four years.

“I just tried to speak to everyone,” Radig said. “I do what I tell people I’m going to do."

Moore, who had the most active social media presence, was excited to win his first bid for public office.

With the growth of technology in society, the real estate attorney said he had to find new ways to reach out into the community to get name recognition.

He credited his platform on transparency and economic development as his keys to success.

One of his goals is to create a scorecard showing residents how well economic development projects have or haven’t paid off.

“I love this community and I will continue to do everything to support it,” Moore said after watching the results come in. “I look forward to making Sioux City a good place to work and play.”

Groetken’s win marks a return to public service for the retired Sioux City police captain who spent nearly 38 years on the force.

Groetken believes economic development and the availability of better paying jobs are the biggest keys to improving the quality of life in Sioux City.

“I believe this shows the value the community puts in my service,” he said.

For Groetken, the results marked the end of a tough campaign that included dealing with the death of his 11-year-old granddaughter Erin Moomey from leukemia.

Groetken said his granddaughter joked she was going to sneak out of the hospital during the final weeks of the election to be at the results viewing.

“She’s going to be up there in heaven watching over me,” he said.

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Nate Robson is the education reporter for the Journal. He writes about issues impacting local school districts and colleges.

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