Bergereson, Bakken, Johnson win in Audubon city elections
A total of 306 voters went to the polls in the City of Audubon on Tuesday, and the results were good news for former city clerk Carol Bergerson, who was the top vote-getter in the race for City Council.
Bergerson received a total of 104 votes (34 percent) while incumbent Gary Bakken was also successful in his bid for re-election, with 72 votes (23.5 percent).
"It feels really good, but at the same time I'm really humbled that people put that much faith in me," Bergerson said. "I will try not to disappoint them.
"I'm looking forward to working with the council," she added. "I really believe in this community, and I know we can do good things. I'm just glad I can be a part of it."
Bakken, meanwhile, narrowly defeated challenger Jason Leucuta, who received 67 votes (22 percent).
He said that he was happy to be re-elected, and feels that he and Bergerson, with her past years of service as city clerk, will bring much-needed experience to the council.
"It's tough times out there with the state funding (decreasing)... I think that experience is going to help."
Bakken added, however, that "this will be my last term (on the council)." By the time the next election comes around in four years, "it will be time for someone new."
Behind Leucuta in the voting were Donald Holm, with 13 percent, and Bob Renney, with 7 percent. There was also one write-in vote reported.
Incumbent Mayor Terry Johnson, who was running unopposed for re-election, received 133 votes, or 92 percent, with the remaining 12 percent of ballots cast going to various write-in candidates.