The Free Press, Mankato, MN

November 5, 2013

REVISION: St. Peter mayor wins re-election

By Josh Moniz
Free Press Staff Writer

Editor's note: The earlier version of this story inaccurately reported the results of the Ward 1 races. Two opponents ran for two seats in Ward 1.

ST. PETER -- St. Peter Mayor Tim Strand won re-election Tuesday by capturing nearly 62 percent of the votes, or 716 votes, compared to challenger Joel Brinker’s 38 percent of the votes, or 439 votes.

Strand notably dominated in Ward 1, Precinct 2.

Strand said he was thrilled to have the residents vote to keep him in office. He said his percentage of the vote was a strong and definitive showing of support.

"I'm always happy to see a victory. But each time (you have an election), there is a chance people could change their minds. I love that the people of St. Peter want me to remain their mayor," Strand said.

Brinker said he was disappointed by the results, but he considered capturing 38 percent of the votes to be a strong display. He said he was excited to see many residents who hadn't voted in years turn out to support him.

Brinker said he is open to running for St. Peter mayor in the next city election.

"The current mayor said he wanted to try for just one more term. So, maybe we'll try it again (in two years)," Brinker said.

In St. Peter's City Council races, incumbent Susan Carlin in Ward 1 defended her uncontested seat and newcomer Roger Parras will serve as the ward's other councilor. Newcomer candidate Stephen Grams in Ward 2 won the open seat.

Carlin received 59 percent of the vote, or 567 votes, Parras received 40.88 percent of the vote, or 392 votes.

In St. Peter's Ward 2 race,candidate Grams captured 67 percent of the votes, or 277 votes. Candidate David McGuire captured 20 percent of the votes, or 81 votes, and candidate Russell Nachreiner captured 13 percent, or 55 votes, in the race.

St. Peter had 17 percent of registered voters, or 1,155 voters, participate in Tuesday's mayoral election.