Voters have tossed out all three incumbents who were seeking reelection, replacing them with two candidates who advocated a slower pace of development and a city planning commissioner who did not make growth the focus of her campaign.
After a final count early Wednesday, voters ousted council members G. Scott Diehl, Kenneth E. Carr and Karoline Koester. Replacing them will be two slow-grow candidates, Brian J. Rice and Thomas W. Lorch. But the top vote-getter was Planning Commissioner Holly Ann Veale.
Veale, a former schoolteacher who is now a housewife, said she was surprised, but added: "There was a strong feeling that the council was not representing the concerns of the people. They thought I'm in touch, and I think that made the difference."
With the council now made up of Rice and Lorch--authors of a slow-growth initiative passed by voters last February--and remaining council members Robert D. Limberg and William C. Mecham, who strongly opposed their initiative, Veale is likely to become the swing vote.