Jill Johns was elected to the Ramsey City Council in Tuesday’s special election to fill a vacant council seat that expires at the end of 2014.
Johns tallied 215 votes, while Tom Heifort had 49 people vote for him, according to City Clerk Jo Theiling.
“I’d like to thank the voters who turned out. It was very much appreciated on a Tuesday in July,” Johns said. “I’m looking forward to rolling my sleeves up on the city council and doing some good things.”
Although Johns will ceremonially be sworn in at the next council meeting Aug. 13, Theiling said Johns could be sworn into office ahead of time in case there are official duties she wants to participate in such as neighborhood block party visits on Night to Unite Aug. 6.
According to statistics Theiling provided, a little over 7 percent of registered voters cast a ballot in this special election.
The special election was necessary because former Councilmember David Elvig resigned in April, five days after an Anoka County District Court jury found him guilty of theft by swindle from the employees of his personal business, E-Street Makers.
Elvig was sentenced June 17 to 60 days in jail and ordered to pay almost $25,000 in restitution.
Johns said she is “coming into this without an agenda,” but when asked to list some big issues for Ward 1 and the city as a whole, she said the COR development is a priority.
But redevelopment in other areas of the community is important, according to Johns. The corner of Highway 47 and 167th Avenue is a Ward 1 example she gave.
Johns is a senior executive assistant for McKesson Medical-Surgical in the compliance and ethics department. She attended the University of Hawaii and the Minnesota School of Business.
She has lived at 6043 174th Ave. NW for the past 21 years with her husband Jeff of 24 years. They have two grown children named Dan and Lauren.
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