By Dan Linehan
Free Press Staff Writer
MANKATO — Chris Frederick is Mankato’s next City Council president after defeating Mike Laven 51 percent to 48 percent.
In Ward 4, challenger Jason Mattick beat Charlie Hurd 52 percent to 47 percent, and Tamra Rovney held off a challenge in Ward 2 from write-in candidate Dennis Dieken, 75 percent to 25 percent.
Frederick won with 7,711 votes to Laven’s 7,244 votes.
Frederick said the results were “a prelude to the hard work that needs to be done in representing the city of Mankato and getting back in touch with what the city’s priorities are.”
The council president race was a reversal of 2008, when Laven beat Frederick 51 percent to 48 percent.
This time around, Frederick earned a 173-vote margin in precinct 16, north of Highway 14 and west of North Riverfront Drive. Frederick also added a 190-vote margin in two downtown and Lincoln Park precincts.
He said he did well in those areas partly because he and supporters campaigned hard door to door.
The Ward 4 race, which covers downtown Mankato and most of the Lincoln Park neighborhood, was also a rematch of 2008. Hurd won the 2008 race 53 percent to 47 percent but lost by a similar margin this time around.
Mattick credited his hard work campaigning for the win.
“I tried to project my positivity and I think people responded to that,” he said.
In Ward 2, Rovney had 2,443 votes to Dieken’s 832 votes.
Dieken’s challenge was an uphill battle, considering he missed the filing period and didn’t have his name on the ballot.