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Larsen, Radford fill Idaho Falls City Council seats

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - UPDATE: Kirk Larsen and John Radford won the Idaho Falls City Council seats Tuesday.

Idaho Falls City Council Seat 3

  • KIRK LARSEN 3,610 - 67%
  • BARBARA MILLER 1,784 - 33%

Idaho Falls City Council Seat 5

  • JOHN RADFORD 3,803 - 71%
  • DAWNA HOWARD 1,523 - 29%

You can view more election results HERE.

ORIGINAL: Voters headed to the polling stations in downtown Idaho Falls Tuesday.

This election, there are two seats in the Idaho Falls City Council up for grabs.

Earlier Tuesday, we spoke with the four candidates to check in on the big day.

Here's what they said and a little information on their platforms for any last minute voters.

Incumbent John Radford and challenger Dawna Howard are in the running for seat five of the city council.

Radford has served on the city council for two terms while Howard runs the group Concerned Citizens of Idaho Falls.

One issue both candidates want to tackle is the cost of local housing.

What are your plans going into this next term should you win?

"Yeah, you know, we're going to really look closely at the rules around building structures and building neighborhood and developments. We want to make sure that we're friendly to development, but we also need to make sure that we're limiting the unlimited growth, make sure that we have an opportunity just to grow in an intelligent way," Radford said.

"We need to focus on getting businesses in here that can pay decent wages so that people can afford to live and move into these buildings. And I am an advocate for small business and letting the people that live in the city run the businesses and take care of the needs that need to be met for the people that live here," Howard said.

In the other race, growth and city development remains a key issue as well.

Both John Larsen and Barbra Miller believe they have what it takes to guide Idaho Falls in the right direction.

In your own opinion, what qualifies you to serve on our city council?

 "I've been interested and done various forms of public service for a long time. I've been involved in a lot of organizations locally that deal with economic development, including the east central idaho planning and development association in rexburg, often known as a development company," Larsen said.

"I think first and foremost, the best skill is that I am a business owner. A business that we built from scratch. So I am very well versed in budgeting and in managing money and putting it to its best use," Miller said.

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