Michelle Hoferer selected to Topeka 9th District council seat

Michelle Hoferer will represent Topeka’s 9th district, as their new council member.
Published: Dec. 6, 2022 at 8:18 PM CST
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Michelle Hoferer will represent Topeka’s 9th district, as their new council member.

Five candidates appeared at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, vying for the district nine council seat.

The Topeka City Council interviewed each of the five applicants looking to take the seat at Tuesday’s meeting. each candidate gave a four-minute opening statement, then answered questions from council members.

The candidates were Michaela Saunders, Joe Cheray, Nicholas Trammell, Michelle Hoferer, and Janel Johnson.

Many candidates discussed improving community and council relations and improving roads and infrastructure.

“I do it because I want to serve poepl and that call calls me back to it when things get rough,” says Johnson.

Johnson and Hoferer tied on the first ballot, with one vote for Saunders.

On the second vote, Hoferer secured the five votes needed, replacing Mike Lesser, who retired in November.

Hoferer says she wasn’t sure what to expect.

“Sorry, I’m just surprised and I’m not thinking real clear at the moment.,” she said in an interview.

“I’d like to improve communication. I’d like to find a way to work with everyone to increase our tax base, because I know property taxes are high. I’d like to find a way to keep them where they’re at or go lower. It’s a matter of finding those ways and hopefully, I can work with the council members and find them,” says Hoferer.

Hoferer says she is ready to dive into her role, after taking a moment to decompress.

“I’m going to go get a peppermint, chocolate chip shake. I’m hungry. I didn’t eat much for dinner, then let a whole lot of people know what happened, if they haven’t heard yet,” Hoferer says.