Jerry Wilmore

Jerry Wilmore

Incumbent Steve Turner was reelected to the Lafayette City Council during the Lafayette City Election on May 1, along with Jerry Wilmore and Seth Blankenship.

Turner and fellow council member Jerry Wix were seeking reelection.

"I'm well-pleased with it," Turner said. "I really appreciate that the people voted for me.

"I appreciate all the people who voted in the city election. I wish they

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all would vote. To get another term means a whole lot."

Turner, Blankenship and Wilmore will join current council members Pam Cothron, Roger Russell and Jason Phelps, whose four-year terms will be up for reelection in 2020.

Turner served on the city council from 2002-06, from 2008-12 and then was reelected in 2014.

"I enjoy doing it and serving the people, seeing what their problems are and helping them out," Turner said. "I'll be 70 in October. Serving four more years will probably be about my time (to stop serving at the end of the term).

"It's something I've always wanted to do. In 2002, I thought I'd try it. I've enjoyed it ever since. If you don't like it, you don't need to be there. The biggest thing is serving the people."

Wilmore brings experience as he has previously served two four-year terms as a council member, with his last term ending in 2014.

"I've got to get my feet wet again," the 62-year-old Wilmore said.

Wilmore easily garnered the most votes (456), 92 more than Blankenship and 108 more than Turner.

Tom Roberts (257) received 91 less votes that Turner, with Wooten and Wix pulling in 252 and 240 votes, respectively.

"I just think there's some things that need to be done different," Wilmore said. "We need to lower sewer rates. We need to find ways to get more revenue rather than raising taxes and raising rates."

Blankenship will be in an elected office for the first time.

"I'm pretty pumped about it," the 38-year-old Blankenship said. "There's a little bit of nerves. I know I'm not going to change the city of Lafayette by no means in a day. Hopefully, this won't be my first and last (term). It's going to take years to get it to where Lafayette needs to be.

"It's always good to have fresh thoughts."

Blankenship hopes his business experience will prove beneficial.

"What made me decide to run is hearing different voices in the community wanting change," Blankenship said. "I started my business (Blankenship Collision Center, which now has three locations) when I was 28. Almost 10 years later, we'll be in Hartsville for 10 years. We've been here (in Lafayette) for four, and we have a third location in Portland. I want to help bring some business sense to the city and for the kids.

"I have four kids. I look at the future of Lafayette. We need more stuff for our kids to do, and we need more industry. We need jobs here. Keep the money here in town. We're going to have to do something where people want to keep their money here instead of going elsewhere."