Laurel School district site acquisition proposition passes

Mayor re-elected, Nelson takes Ward 4 council seat
By 
KATHLEEN GILLULY
Outlook editor
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
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Tom Nelson, Emelie Eaton, Don Nelson

By a margin of over 100 votes, the Laurel school district proposition for the acquisition of property passed in Tuesday’s election. Despite a concerted Facebook campaign by one trustee against the proposition, 51.67 percent of voters agreed with the majority of the board and voted for the acquisition giving the district the go-ahead to purchase the land in northwest Laurel.

“We are excited with the election results and grateful to the voters for their support. We are moving full steam ahead on our 10-15 year Master Plan and will be convening Community Engagement meetings in the next couple of months,” commented Superintendent Dr. Linda Filpula. “We strongly encourage and welcome community input on the plan and timeline for implementation. Thank you Laurel community!”

In the city election, there were no upsets despite several campaigns that challenged the status quo. Mayor Tom Nelson was re-elected with 911 votes, or 62.65 percent. He beat out write-in candidate Ted Mize by a comfortable margin. After councilors voted that elections with no challenger would be declared in September, Mize stepped up to run against the mayor. He was one of three write-in candidates for the council. 

Incumbents in Wards 2 and 3, were declared the winners in September as they had no one running against them. Richard Herr, Ward 2, and Scot Stokes, Ward 3, retained their seats.

Incumbent Emelie Eaton was re-elected in Ward 1. She was challenged by Evan Bruce. With a total of 276 votes cast, Eaton won by a margin of 34 votes. There were also eight write-in votes.

Ward 4 produced the only new council member. Both candidates for the seat had declared write-in candidacies so neither appeared on the ballot. A total of 109 write-in votes were cast in the ward with Don Nelson beating out David G. Walters for the seat occupied by outgoing councilor Bill Mountsier. 

The next city election will be in 2021 when the Mayor will again be up for re-election (he was appointed in 2019 when the winner of the election did not accept the position) as will the positions of City Court Judge Jean Kerr and Councilors Heidi Sparks (Ward 1), Bruce McGee (Ward 2), Irv Wilke (Ward 3) and Richard Klose (Ward 4).

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