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The initial results of Tuesday's elections released by the Wyandotte County Elections Office show that incumbent Margaret Shriver and newcomer Carolyn Caiharr won in their bids for seats on the Edwardsville City Council. Fellow incumbent Jason Gillam was narrowly defeated as the third candidate running for the two open positions.
Due to a change in state election processes, Councilmember Gillam will continue to serve in his current capacity until the second Monday in January 2018. This coincides with the first City Council meeting of the year, which will fall on January 8, 2018. Ms. Caiharr will officially assume her new position at that meeting. Councilmember Shriver will continue in her role until the expiration of her new term in 2022. In the time between, three other Council positions will be up for elections in 2020. This includes the terms of Council President Chuck Adams, Garrett Mellott, and Chuck Stites.
Mayor John McTaggart won his re-election bid last night as well, though he ran unopposed. His next term will expire in 2022.
Councilmember Gillam was first elected to the City Council in April of 2013 after serving two terms on the Edwardsville Planning Commission. Councilmember Gillam has played an important role in the City's continued growth during that time, including the development of the Village South at Edwardsville project, provision of sewer utilities in the City's north end, continued expansion of the Industrial Park, and other important community developments. In addition to his work as a member of the Council, Councilmember Gillam often represented Edwardsville in various capacities for the League of Kansas Municipalities. Mr. Gillam was also a regular volunteer at City sponsored activities such as Edwardsville Days, the Fall Family Picnic, and the annual City-Wide Clean-Up. City staff would like to thank Councilmember Gillam for this efforts and hard work in his role as a local leader in this community.