W. H. Kittler and Chad Bennett will fill the two open seats for the Carlisle City Council following the Tuesday election.
Bennett, the challenger for the position of Ward 1, Position 2, defeated incumbent alderman Joe Cunningham by a margin of 519-260 votes, which represented 67 percent for Bennett compared to 33 percent for Cunningham, according to unofficial election results announced by the Lonoke County Election Commission.
Bennett said he was very pleased with the voting results..
"I’m very excited," Bennett said. "I’m looking forward to working with the other council members and the mayor and looking forward to starting where we left off at the beginning on the year. I’d like to thank all my supporters for supporting me and voting during my campaign."
A 1999 graduate of Carlisle High School, Bennett went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Business and Agriculture from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 2004. He currently is running his own farming operation, Chad Bennett Farms. Bennett also serves on the board of the Lonoke County Farm Bureau.
Kittler, incumbent alderman for Ward 2, Position 2, won by only seven votes over challenger Marla Cunningham. Kittler received 395 votes, compared to 388 votes cast for Cunningham.
According to Kittler, he was grateful for the votes he received.
"I appreciate all the votes," Kittler said. "It was a good campaign. Marla ran a good campaign and I hope we can still be friends when this is all said and done. Politics is like the weather, you never know what the end result will be until it is all over. "
A Carlisle High School graduate and life long resident of Carlisle, Kittler has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Ouachita Baptist University. He has served five terms on the Carlisle City Council. Kittler is a retiree as a teacher from the Carlisle School District and is currently serving on the Lonoke County Housing Authority Board.