KEARNEY — Voters in Kearney’s five precincts overwhelming selected Randy Pogue as the city’s next mayor.
Pogue won election over his two opponents, Gerri Spencer and Jim Thomas, with nearly 64 percent, or 671, of the 1,052 votes cast. Spencer took 258 votes, while Thomas took 120.
Pogue, whose birthday was Election Day, Tuesday, April 2, held a watch party for returns at downtown Kearney’s Cellar and Loft, located in Old Church Plaza. Pogue said the win was a great birthday gift.
“I would just like to thank the voters for their support and selecting me as their mayor-elect,” he said Tuesday. “Through this whole process, I promised Kearney, if elected mayor, that Kearney would run smart, live smart and grow smart. I’m excited to get to work for Kearney’s people and be a mayor for everyone.”
Pogue said he hopes to propel the city in a positive direction over the next four years of his term.
“I want us to move forward in a proactive manner and make everyone proud of our progress,” he said.
Pogue and fellow election night winner in Kearney’s 2nd Ward, Dan Holt, and Kathy Barger, who ran unopposed in the city’s 1st Ward, will be sworn in at the next Board Aldermen, scheduled for later this month.
Holt is completing a one-year appointment as mayor following the death of sitting Mayor Bill Dane in 2018.
Pogue served as an alderman after being appointed to fill Dan Holt’s unexpired term in the Second Ward when Holt was appointed mayor.
During his last official meeting as an alderman Monday, April 1, Pogue thanked city staff and Holt for his service in the city’s top elected seat for the past year.
“Dan has been a great leader and I appreciate it and how professional everyone has been. ... Dan has done a good job and even when some of the board members sometimes disagreed, it was always professional,” he said.