ANDOVER – Greg Schneider will take office Tuesday as the newest member of the Andover City Council, following a victory in last night’s special election. After a low voter turnout, Schneider won the race with 83 votes, with no official candidate opposing him on the ballot.
According to the office of the Butler County Clerk, 17 votes were cast for local businessman Brian Schwan, who announced last week that he would mount a write-in campaign in the race. The owner of Andover Wine and Spirits says that despite missing out this time, he will make another try as an official candidate.
“Thank you all for your support.” Schwan said via social media on Tuesday night. “I was shy of the votes needed this time, but we will try again in November.”
Schneider will be the third person to hold this particular seat on the council in the last two years. He replaces local attorney Philip White, who resigned in March for unspecified reasons after serving just over a year in the seat. White had been appointed by Mayor Ben Lawrence in 2016, following the resignation of aerospace executive Quinten Coon, who relocated to the Kansas City area due to a career opportunity.
Coon was appointed to the position by Lawrence in August 2015 following the death of former Councilman Byron Stout.
Schneider will be sworn in at Tuesday night’s Andover City Council meeting.