The final tally was 257 votes for McNichols and 271 for Jasper. After hearing the final result, Jasper and her husband, Larry, shouted “Yes!” and hugged each other. Regenia’s sister and several nieces and nephews were also on hand to congratulate her.
“I want to thank Jesus first of all because he’s my Lord and savior,” Jasper said to The Cadiz Record. “I want to thank my husband, Larry, for putting up with me and all those who supported me. I love you and I’m going to do my best to serve you. I also want to thank Donna McNichols for being a worthy opponent.”
McNichols was reelected to the council last November, but her Wyandot Village home was de-annexed in July after Circuit Judge Dennis Foust ruled the original annexation ordinance void. The council voted three to two to appoint McNichols to her vacated office after she began renting an apartment on Main Street. Kentucky statute required, though, that the office be on the ballot in the election.
McNichols spoke to The Cadiz Record Tuesday night over the phone from her friend, Paul Fourshee’s house, where she sat with other supporters. When asked if she was surprised by the result of the election, she said, “A little bit, but I believe in the vote and I trust people’s knowledge of that, and Regenia will have my full support regardless.”
McNichols said that Jasper had promised a lot of thing, so “we’ll see how she does.” She also said she hoped Jasper would get her number listed in the phone book because she thought it would be important for her to be readily accessible to the public. As far as her future plans, McNichols said she would relax, play golf and travel but would still be “active in what the city was doing.” She said she plans to finish her term as chair of the Renaissance on Main board and that she was looking forward to getting a veterans’ memorial put in the city soon. She said the city was currently working with the army Corps of Engineers to get the monument in West Cadiz Park, which the corps controls. She did not say whether or not she planned to run for political office in the future.