Incumbent City Councilman Steve Landholm and challenger Glen Ellis appear to have won the Fremont City Council primary race for Ward 2, according to the numbers available at press time.
The pair will face off in the general election in November.
Landholm, who is seeking re-election, ran on his record on helping in major projects in Fremont over his first term, including the Costco and Lincoln Premium Poultry Plant.
“Hopefully, for the general election, I guess it’s going to be a challenge coming up in the fall, and hopefully we move forward there to where I get re-elected to serve my constituents,” Landholm said in a brief phone interview. “I feel honored to actually get the amount of votes that I have tonight, to be honest.”
Glen Ellis, a self-described entrepreneur who owns the May Brothers Building on 6th Street, hopes to restore divides in the community of Fremont and prepare downtown Fremont for growth, especially from entrepreneurs being priced out of Lincoln and Omaha.
“Looking forward to the race in November, and I want to thank Jim Bloom for his efforts and for wanting to make a difference,” Ellis said. He added that he was disappointed in the initial voter turnout results. “We gotta get voters to come out,” he said.
Challenger Jim Bloom described himself as an average citizen who was knowledgeable of the issues. He promised to be a genuine elected official who acted on what he believed was right.
Bloom could not be reached prior to press time.
The latest numbers at press time had Landholm leading with 44.87 percent of the vote, or 354 votes; Ellis in second with 35.36 percent of the vote, or 279 votes; and Bloom in third with 19.14 percent of the vote, or 151 votes.