Fitzke, Sheard to advance in GI Ward 1 election

Published: May. 12, 2020 at 9:07 PM CDT
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Four candidates were in the running for the Grand Island City Council Ward 1 seat. After Tuesday's primary election, Jack Sheard and Michelle Fitzke will advance to the general election in November.

Fitzke was the front runner of the race, with 45% of the vote. She is no stranger to running for City Council. She served for more than four years in Ward 5, but had to resign when she moved across town.

Her top priorities in office are public safety, a balanced budget and making Grand Island attractive to bring new people to the area.

She says she excited about the opportunity to possibly serve GI once again.

"I want to thank them for putting me back into the election," Fitzke told Local4 News. "Hopefully I'll make it through the November election. My main deal is to be a voice for our ward, for the constituents of our ward."

Jack Sheard took the second most amount of the votes with 35%.

He is a Marketing and Communication Coordinator with Grand Island Public Schools. He says he hopes to bring that good communication to the people of Grand Island.

His other top priorities include education, public safety and getting the city through the pandemic.

"I would like to thank everybody just for understanding what we're trying to do in Grand Island," Sheard said. "This COVID-19 situation is terrible, but we are going to get past it and we are going to get better. I appreciate the faith they have in me to be one of the leaders to help the community get past this."

The pandemic affected how all the candidates were able to campaign for the primary, but they hope it will change by November.

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