First-time candidate Perry to join Inver Grove Heights council

Kara Perry

Tom Bartholomew

George Tourville

On Election Day, there were 21,283 Inver Grove Heights voters registered by 7 a.m.

Candidate - Total - Percentage

John Weiser - 3,180 - 12.71

Kara Perry - 7,559 - 30.22

Tom Bartholomew - 8,190 - 32.74

Jarid Friese - 4,018 - 16.06

With only one incumbent on the ballot, it was a race to see who would be joining the Inver Grove Heights City Council. Kara Perry won the open seat with roughly 30 percent of the votes.

The 36-year-old said she stayed up until 4 a.m. waiting for results to come in. “I was speechless,” said Perry, who works full time at Creative Wonders Childcare and was employed in the banking industry for 12 years.

This was the first time she had run for office and said she felt things went well. She added that all the candidates on the ballot were respectful and didn’t attack one another.

Perry said to prepare for taking over the seat she will be making sure she goes to every council meeting in November and December. She said she is also hoping to meet with Mayor George Tourville to “start getting up to speed on all the stuff so come January I’m ready for it.”

Perry thanked her supporters. “I couldn’t have done it without them.”

Tourville ran unopposed and received approximately 94 percent of the votes.

Incumbent Tom Bartholomew retained his city council seat with roughly 33 percent of the votes.

-- Hannah Burlingame

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