Jeff LeDonne, a self employed farmer who grew up in Cass County, said he is conservative and enjoys working with others. He said the fact he is easy-going and his previous experience makes him a good candidate.
“You never know going into them,” LeDonne said.
Democrat Terry Homburg, who came within 158 votes of claiming a council seat, said he was disappointed in the outcome. As of Tuesday night, he didn’t think he would run again but he wasn’t ruling it out 100 percent.
Democrat Scott Peattie said his party worked hard and got a lot of support.
“I don’t like people running unopposed,” he said. “I like to make people work for their elections, which they did tonight.”
Donato, who worked the last 26 years in automotive accounting and recently joined the Mike Anderson Auto Group, said she realizes she has a lot to learn — council members have told her it takes one-and-a-half years to learn the budget — but she is planning to “hit that learning curve as hard as I can,” she said.
When she takes office, she said she hopes to work to on the county’s budget.
“Hopefully to bring a new light on Cass County’s budget,” she said.
Weatherwax said he believes Donato will do well.
“She brings the future of our community,” Weatherwax said.