HOLT — Alec Assel and Matt Schaeffer were sworn into office as new aldermen in Holt during the board’s April 10 meeting. Both Assel and Alec are political newcomers, having won election April 2. Each will serve a two-year term.
The two men were met on the ballot by incumbent Leon Clifford, who lost his bid for re-election on the at-large board when voters were asked to choose two candidates from three running for the board.
In Clay County, Assel won 35, or nearly 45 percent, of the 78 votes cast, while Schaeffer won 29 votes, roughly 37 percent. Incumbent Leon Clifford captured 14 votes, nearly 18 percent, of those cast in Clay County.
In Clinton County, of the seven votes cast, five went to Assel, while Schaeffer claimed two.
Both Assel and Schaeffer said they wanted to focus on getting the city’s roads repaired and would do what they can to make Holt a good community.
Mayor Stewart Wells welcomed the two new aldermen after they were sworn in.
“Congratulations you guys,” he said.
In a show of support for outgoing Alderman Clifford and his multiple years of service, Schaeffer and Alderman John Franke wore Leon’s Biker Bar shirts to the meeting. Alderman Jerry Nicas also thanked Clifford for his work.
“You’ve helped us by taking over (buildings) downtown that otherwise we would probably have had to take on and condemn as the city and have invested your money in downtown. … You’ve done a lot for the city. You’re all about the city,” Franke told Clifford.
Clifford served as alderman for multiple terms, served on the park board and volunteers in various city efforts, including the now-defunct Cannonball Festival.
“I will continue to do things for the city,” Clifford said.