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City Council Incumbents React to Loss at the Polls

Two incumbents, Byron Myers and Jeff Penland, were ousted by voters in Tuesday's election.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Tuesday's election will bring along some changes in the St. Joseph City Council.

While six of the eight council members were re-elected to their seats, two of the at-large members of the council lost their bids for another term.

Byron Myers and Jeff Penland did not make the top-three of the six candidates who were running.

Both say it was a bit of a surprise they lost.

"There was a lot of things I could have done better to get out and visit the polls and use more signage," Penland said. "I just didn't do it and took it for granted and thought I had the votes to carry myself through."

Myers also evaluated what might have gone wrong.

"I may have said some things they didn't agree with," he said. "They may also have viewed me as someone tough to deal with when it comes to things and getting them done so the city would progress."

Both men say they will continue to be involved in the community.

They say they will miss seeing through some of the projects they had started on as part of the council.

Newly elected as at-large council members were political newcomer Kent "Spanky" O'Dell and local Republican party organizer Ken Beck.

Donna Jean Boyer was reelected as an at-large member, winning her fifth term.
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