Lake Ozark Mayor Johnny Franzeskos was re-elected to another term Tuesday night, but incumbent alderman Todd Painter lost his seat to a local businesswoman.
Franzeskos held off former mayor Paul Sale by a 2 to 1 margin, 278 to 109. Franzeskos garnered 73.5 percent of the vote, and Sale received 28 percent.
Sale, who was mayor 2004-06, lost for the second time to Franzeskos. Miller County made the difference for the incumbent mayor where he received 267 votes to Sale’s 97. Sale actually edged Franzeskos in Camden County 12-11.
“I believe it was honesty, hard work and everybody working together moving the city forward,” Franzeskos said of his victory. “I ran a clean and honest campaign, and I’ve been honest with the citizens. That’s important. I tell them, this is your city and come to the meetings and tell us what you want.”
Betsey Browning, owner of The Dam Bait Shop and Campground, unseated incumbent Ward 3 Alderman Todd Painter 63-50. Browning received 55.7 percent of the vote, and Painter 44.2 percent even though the margin of victory was only 13 votes.
They each had 44 votes in Miller County, but Camden County voters gave Browning the edge 19-6.
“I believe people in Lake Ozark want change, and to get change you need new people and new ideas,” Browning said. “I think the city is moving in the right direction, but it’s in a lull right now. People have gotten comfortable, at least that’s what I’m hearing.
“People want the Strip cleaned up, to make it nicer for families and tourists. And ordinances need to be enforced.”
Browning, who admits she’s outspoken, said she plans to jump into her new role with both feet. The oath of office for Franzeskos and Browning will take place during the April 9 board of alderman meeting.
Ward 1 Alderman Judy Neels received 106 votes and Ward 2 Alderman Tony Otto received 133 in uncontested races.