Courtesy of Todd
Rauch Campaign

Todd Rauch, candidate for Opelika City Council – Ward 5, was the largest vote-getter out of all the City Council Candidates in the Opelika Municipal Election this past Tuesday. Out of a total of 1,786 votes case at the Opelika Sportsplex for the Opelika City Council Ward 5 seat, Rauch received 761 votes cornering 42.6% of the vote.

“This is a huge victory for us tonight, and I want to say thank you to all of the voters who turned out today,” Rauch said. “We’ve worked hard the last couple of months by taking our message directly to the people, by knocking on their doors and asking for their votes personally.”

Rauch’s lead dominated over the current incumbent’s total of votes, who limped in with 443 votes, taking only 24.8% of the vote.

Rauch also led the Ward 5 candidate field in absentee ballots by receiving 28 of the total 58 absentee ballots cast in Ward 5, taking 46.5% of the absentee vote.

“I was unsure how election day would actually play out and whether there would be a line at the polls,” Rauch said. “Although most of the voters we talked to were committed to voting in person on election day, I always kept absentee application forms on hand to make sure that every voter had the chance to make their vote count on election day.”

Todd Rauch will now face David Canon in the Opelika Municipal Run-Off Election on Oct. 6.

“Our message of more accessibility, better communication and complete transparency is resonating with the voters of Ward 5,” Rauch said about the runoff. “I believe that all three of those things are currently lacking in the Opelika City Council Ward 5 seat, and 75.2% of the people in Ward 5 agree with me. I’m committed to working harder than everyone else in the race, and I look forward to knocking on several thousand more doors and earning even more votes in the run-off election on Oct. 6.”

About Todd Rauch

Rauch has lived in Opelika with his wife Ali for 11 years. He enlisted in the Army at 17 as a Military Police Officer. He was wounded in Iraq in 2003, eventually needing 12 surgeries to recover. Rauch went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Auburn University, and later worked as an intelligence specialist for the U.S. Army Aviation & Missile Command at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville. He is currently the Vice President of the Community of East Alabama. Rauch is active in the Opelika community, where he serves on the Board of Directors for the Opelika Kiwanis Club, a Board Member & Programming Chairman for Opelika’s 20 Under Forty Leadership Program and a Board Member & Secretary for the Museum of East Alabama. Rauch is a graduate of Opelika’s 20 Under Forty Leadership Program, Leadership Lee County, Opelika Citizens Police Academy (CPA) and Lee County’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Rauch also serves as a representative for the City of Opelika on the Metropolitan Planning Organization – Citizens Advisory Committee (MPO-CAC) with the Lee-Russell Council of Governments. 

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