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April 8, 2014

Biggs, Fisher returned by Webb City voters

WEBB CITY, Mo. — Webb City voters decided races for the mayor’s office and one City Council seat during Tuesday’s election.

Incumbent Mayor John Biggs fended off a challenge by Randy Cahoon. Biggs received 476 votes to Cahoon’s 377 votes, making it Biggs’ third consecutive four-year term as mayor.

Biggs, 73, served on the council from 1992 to 1996. He is a graduate of Webb City High School and has an art studio in Webb City.

In a race for a 3rd Ward council seat, incumbent Jerry Fisher kept the post, receiving 169 votes to Cynthia Young’s 103 votes.

Fisher, 70, was first appointed to the City Council in 2002. In April 2005, he resigned, but he was reappointed in September 2005 and has been on the council since. Fisher retired as plant manager of ICI Explosives in 1998. He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Pittsburg (Kan.) State University.

Jim Dawson and Bill Otter filed for the 4th Ward council seat that was held by Gene Mense, but Otter withdrew from the race, citing a personal emergency.

Dawson received 263 votes, and Otter polled 67 votes.

Dawson, 70, is a lifelong Webb City resident. He has a master’s degree in counseling and psychology from Pittsburg State University. He served on the Webb City School Board from 1980 to 1989. He owned a furniture company in Webb City and is now retired.

It is the first time Dawson has held a seat on the council.

Incumbent Don Darby was unopposed for a Ward 2 council seat.

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