FALLS CITY – Falls City will choose its first female mayor today.
Carla Rhodd was the top vote getter in the May primary with 221 votes.
She finished with five votes more than Shawna Bindle.
Bindle has worked for emergency medical services for 20 years.
She started with the Falls City volunteer ambulance squad as a first responder and worked as a volunteer EMT for a decade. She is now a paramedic and assistant manager at Atchison Holt Ambulance District.
Rhodd campaigned on the idea that Falls City has made great strides and needs to keep the momentum going.
She said she expects to back Falls City success stories.
Rhodd was born in Falls City and graduated high school there in 2003. She attended Northwest Missouri State and returned to town with her husband, Josh, in 2008.
She worked three years on Falls City EDGE and is currently an assistant cashier at F&M Bank.
Bindle said law enforcement and community safety are a top priority.
Bindle: “Falls City faces the same challenges that small communities our size face, drugs, theft. We have a great police force, but, unfortunately, we are limited in size. I think that we just need to support the police, support the fire, EMS, and let all those services work together to do their job. We will give them the tools they need to do their job.”
Bindle: “You know it was a close, close race. Like, closer than I think any of us would have liked. And there were some great candidates, but I think people know me and know my ethics and they know my morals. I’ve lived in Falls City, born and raised here, and they know that I’m for Falls City 100 percent.”
She encourages people to get out and vote. She said it’s a big deal to select the town’s first female mayor.