MASON CITY — Mason City voters overwhelmingly approved Paul Adams for a second term on the City Council on Tuesday. Adams received 2507 votes, or 73-percent of the ballots cast, easily handling a challenge from Max Weaver, who only received 913 votes.
Listen to our full interview with Adams here
Adams tells KGLO News that he couldn’t be more pleased with the margin of victory. I’m certainly appreciative of all the support that we saw all across the city, and honored and excited to serve four more years as one of the two at-large city councilman here in Mason City.”
Adams says getting almost three-quarters of the voters to back him is a statement that most residents think the city is heading in the right direction. “I don’t think I’m naive to think that everybody thinks everything is great in the city, and I certainly know that we have things that we need to work on and get better at, which is certainly part of the challenge that I look forward to. My opponent Max hats off to him for running. He always raises issues that are important to him, and certainly makes the city better, and made me a better candidate as well.”
Adams says Mason City needs to continue capitalizing on the momentum that has started to build in the last few years. “We’ve got great things going on all throughout the city, with the south end out by the Avenue of the Saints with the new Bushel Boy Farms project, all the way up to the north end with the $65 million investment that Kraft Heinz has thrown in the community, adding 32 really good paying jobs starting around $18 an hour. We need to be able to capitalize on all the positive momentum going, through all four corners of the town, and just really deliver on that momentum and turn it into gains that people can see, people can visualize, and really take into to their hands, and just be able to measure and magnify the progress that we’ve seen so far.”
For Weaver, it’s the fifth straight Mason City municipal election that he has lost. Uncontested on the ballot were First Ward Councilman John Lee and Third Ward Councilman Joshua Masson. Two seats on the city’s Park Board were also uncontested, with Troy Levenhagen winning re-election and Jay Lala winning his first term to the board.