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Schoenherr, Murphy take top two primary spots to move onto November election for Sioux City Council

Sioux City voters on Tuesday selected Julie Schoenherr and Tom Murphy as the two people who advanced to be on the Nov. 7 ballot for one Sioux City Council position.

The primary election results saw Schoenherr getting 1,022 votes, for 42 percent, Murphy with 762 votes, for 31 percent, and Tricia Frederick got 622 votes.

Since there are more than two people running for a council position, an extra primary election is held one month earlier than the traditional November election, in order to narrow the field to two people. The primary election was the sole contest on the ballot Tuesday.

Schoenherr, a restaurant owner, is attempting to win a second four-year term on the council after first winning in 2019. She said she has devoted a great amount of effort towards improving the city while serving, and Schoenherr has a plan to improve 40 blocks of streets over 20 weeks in 2024.

Murphy retired in 2022 from several roles as a longtime city of Sioux City employee. Murphy said those years as a city employee make him very knowledgeable about the top needs in the city. He wants to focus on economic development, public safety, infrastructure and tax relief. Frederick is a vice president of lending at a mortgage bank in Sioux City.

The Sioux City mayor position is also on the November ballot this year. Mayor Bob Scott is running again and no other candidates filed to oppose him.

Along with the mayor and city council positions that will be on the November 7 ballot, the only other item for Sioux City voters to settle includes determining which of 11 candidates will win the five open seats on the Sioux City School Board.

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