Knapp re-elected for third term as Polo mayor

Sundman, Chesnut win contested alderman races

Polo Mayor Doug Knapp was re-elected for a third term during Tuesday’s consolidated election, tallying 292 votes (56.3%) and defeating Ward 3 Alderman Randy Schoon (227 votes, 43.7%).

Schoon has 2 years remaining on his term as alderman.

“I wished him luck last night at our meeting, and I hope we can continue to work together,” Knapp said. “It’s really important for me to finish what I’ve started.”

Among the projects Knapp wants to finish are the city’s ongoing sewer improvement project, new bathrooms and concession stand at the pool, getting started on a new water plant, and improving other infrastructure in town.

Knapp is honored to be voted in for a third term, he said.

“I’ve just always been so proud to serve Polo, and it makes me happy they’ve had the faith in me for one more,” he said. “I’ll be 72 at the end of this one. I’m just happy they chose me.”

Beth Sundman won the city’s Ward 2 alderman seat with 71 votes (41.8%), defeating Shawn Willis (57 votes, 33.5%) and James C. Reynolds (42 votes, 24.71%). That seat previously belonged to Troy Boothe, who did not seek re-election.

Keith Chesnut (108 votes, 56.5%) won the city’s other contested alderman race in Ward 3. He defeated Cheryl Galor (46 votes, 24%) and Daniel Ditzler (37 votes, 19.4%).

Aldermen Justin Grobe (Ward 1) and Jim Busser (Ward 2) were unopposed in their bids for re-election.

According to unofficial results, 554 of 1,698 (32.6%) Polo voters took part in the election across its three precincts.