Blechinger wins Auburn council post by 11 votes

AUBURN - Out of 268 total votes, 46-year-old Linda Blechinger won the Auburn City Council election over 50-year-old Peter Hoover Tuesday night by 11 votes.

She will be sworn in about 7 p.m. Thursday to take over the post left open by Billy Parks, who left to run for the county commission.

"Now it's time to get to work for Auburn," Blechinger said.

Blechinger said what she thinks people saw out of her platform that made them vote for her was her desire to serve the residents of Auburn.

Blechinger credits many people for her victorious campaign for the City Council seat, which include her husband, Dan, who also served as her campaign manager, and her two sons, Derek and David.

"I thank them for all of their hard work, campaigning and support," she said. "I also want to thank the citizens of Auburn for voting for me, my youth group students at Bethlehem Fist Baptist Church and my friends and family who campaigned for me, made calls and mailed letters."

As for Hoover, he will continue to serve on the Auburn Planning and Zoning committee, he said.

"I believe we have a council that has the same vision for Auburn's future as I do so I am confident that the council will do what's beneficial to Auburn," Hoover said. "I won't change anything on my platform, and we will just wait and see what will happen in the next elections."

Hoover said he will continue to make sure Auburn has the commercial and residential growth he sought during his campaign.