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Laurel mayor winning race for first full term

Posted at 8:26 PM, Nov 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-06 00:23:25-05

In Laurel, Mayor Tom Nelson appears headed to win his first full, four-year term.

Nelson is leading write-in candidate Ted Mize, 896-530, after preliminary results were released Tuesday night.

If the results hold, Nelson would begin his first full four-year term as mayor in January.

Nelson, a former Laurel City Council member, lost the mayoral race in 2017 to Dave Waggoner. However, the city’s attorney said Waggoner, who worked for Laurel’s water department, could not sit in the city’s top executive position while remaining a city employee.

When Waggoner declined to take the mayor’s seat, the Laurel City Council selected Nelson as an interim replacement, serving a two-year term.

Voters also approved A measure authorizing a site for a new elementary school was also leading, 1,589-1,475.

The Laurel School District approved the spot, a 21-acre plot north of West 12th Street near the intersection with Eighth Avenue, earlier this year, but the measure required voter approval.

Funding for the site acquisition, about $405,000, had already been approved by voters as part of the $2 million levy in May.

Two Laurel City Council races are also being decided Tuesday night. In Ward 1, incumbent Emelie Eaton was beating challenger Evan Bruce, 146-115.

The second race featured two write-in candidates, Don Nelson and David Walters. No results were immediately available.

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