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Some Say Ousting of Knoxville Council Members Was Result of Soldier Memorial Vote

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KNOXVILLE, Iowa -- People in Knoxville are reacting after successfully giving the boot to city council members they say didn't listen.

The two who voted to move a controversial soldier memorial from a city park, also didn’t get enough votes to retain their seats on the council.

An anonymous person complained the memorial promoted religion on public grounds and the council voted to move it to private property Monday, hoping to avoid a costly legal battle with a separation of church and state advocate group.

Rick Kingery will now fill one of those council spots. He believes the fact that the controversial vote to move it came one day before Election Day -- helped him.

“I think if that many people come together for a cause, that that you probably need to listen to them,” says Kingery.

Another councilman-elect doesn’t share Kingery’s views on why the two council members were ousted. James Lane released a statement to Channel 13 saying, “There has been speculation that the recent vote by the incumbents on the removal of the fallen soldier silhouette memorial was the driving factor behind the results of the election.  From the citizens I have spoken to many of the people in Knoxville who voted made up their minds on the future direction of Knoxville before the recent city council meeting.  I know the decision may have prompted some to vote that may otherwise not have, but there were many other reasons given to me by the citizens as to why they wanted a change in leadership.”

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