REXBURG, Idaho (KIFI) - UPDATE: Incumbent Rexburg Mayor Jerry Merrill was re-elected Tuesday.
- JERRY MERRILL 1,323 - 71%
- MIKE GLASSCOCK 338 - 18%
- LUKE EVANS 213 - 11%
You can view more election results HERE.
ORIGINAL: Voters have been steadily coming to vote in precincts all over Madison County. They all ensured their voice was heard in the Mayoral race for the City of Rexburg. Here's what they had to say on why they came out to vote.
"Well, this is our opportunity to have an impact on our community. We get to look at people and their values and see what aligns with ours and make a difference," Nicole Lybbert said.
"It's important to come out and vote so that I know who the candidates are, know who's representing us as government. If they feel heavy on government, or if they feel like the people should be able to make choices," Tammy Geddes said.
"We're American citizens. This is what we love about this country, we have a voice and we very much want to be involved in that voice. And we are very much supportive of our Constitution and the starting of this country and our history," Brent Boyter said.
"And just to reaffirm that we want to have a say in what's going on in our city," Jessie Boyter said.
They also agreed with what elections officials have said in the weeks leading up to these city elections. Saying voting for the mayor and city council was important because of how it would impact their day to day.
"These are things that have impacted my life in the lives of my kids and my friends. This is where we notice in voting and, we can have the biggest impact, I think, is local elections," Lybbert said.
"The things that happen in our town and for the people of Rexburg, often it's the growth in Rexburg, where it goes, how it goes, the roads, what happens there. And then just the community involvement. What happens with that? We have a big campus here with college students and so accommodating them as well as the citizens who live here longer. I think those are big pieces of this puzzle for Rexburg to have to try and figure out. So for us to show up to vote is really critical," Geddes said.
"I appreciate those who have been willing to step up and take the courage to run. I think here in our community we need to be able to discuss openly the various issues knowledgeably and be able to express those and be able to learn how to disagree, but yet be able to come to a resolution. That's a good compromise with all those who are involved," Brent said.
I also spoke with the Mayoral Candidates to figure out what they plan to do once the election results.
"We've got our downtown project going on that they were excited about getting some more work done. We've got a new park project that we're going to be working on and of course, continuing on trying to look at new and better ways to do road repairs and road construction and trying to improve our our roadways and things like that," Mayor Jerry Merrill said.
Mike Glasscock said he wants to find ways to get people more involved.
"There's actually a forum right here at City Hall that you can fill out to be considered for a position on a committee. And if you are at all interested in helping out your city, I would ask you to come down and fill one of those out," Glasscock said.
In an interview with BYU-Idaho, Luke Evans said he wants to find ways to end the poverty many in the city face.
"We really need to figure out a way to not only help people get out of debt, get on a budget, really, but get out of debt, but also increase their wages. So I think that's definitely one thing. Bringing more commerce here, bringing in businesses that people want to see here to help give us some good industry and some higher paying jobs," Evans said.