Elliott, Ingemann elected to Newport City Council
Tom Ingemann and Laurie Elliott have won the Newport City Council election.
The two will fill the at-large representative positions left by Tracy Rahm and Roz Johnson, who decided not to run for re-election. Out of the five candidates running, Elliott earned 27 percent of the vote, while Ingemann won about 21 percent.
Ingemann served 15 years until he lost in the 2016 election, and Schottmuller served from 1998 through 2010, choosing not to run for re-election.
Ingemann, 73, has previously said he wanted to be a voice for resident input. For example, he said, he voted against disbanding the Newport Police Department in 2015 because people were upset about losing a local police department. He also said he was concerned that the expected savings for taxpayers may have not come to fruition. Policing instead was taken over through a contract with Washington County.
"I'm running to give people a choice," he said. "I have the experience and leadership, I know what's going on. I try to use common sense."
Elliott has previously worked in city administration and human resources, which she said in an August interview has given her insight into municipal government.
She also said she would like to build on Newport's improved city bond rating and economic development growth.
"I think Newport has a number of opportunities coming its way, and I'd like to be part of the group that lays the foundation as well as being part of the decision making and planning," she said at the time.