NEW ULM - All the incumbent candidates for the New Ulm City Council will retain their seats for four more years after winning Tuesday's elections. The closest race was in Ward 1 between incumbent Ruth Ann Webster and challenger Joel Boehlke, with Webster squeaking out a win with just 18 votes.
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The most dominate victory of the night was in the Councilor At-Large race between incumbent Charles Schmitz and challenger Ron Larsen. Schmitz garnered 4,571 votes, or 69 percent, to Larsen's 1,994 votes, of 30 percent.
The Ward 1 race was stunningly close victory of Webster's 790 votes, or 50.1 percent, over Boehlke's 772 votes, or 49.9 percent.
Since the race is a municipal race, there is no automatic recount initiated in the race. Boehlke also said he would not pursue a recount because he considers it a waste of the taxpayers' money.
"I'm accepting how it turned out," said Boehlke, "I just hope people realize they voted all the people that gave themselves 25 percent raises back in. They have effectively said that was OK."
Boehlke said that either way he will continue to work for the City of New Ulm to get more of needs of Ward 1 heard. He said he wants to keep find a way to attract young families and new businesses to town.
He also said that because of the close finish to the race, he would definitely run for Council again in four years.
Webster said she was shocked by how closely she won. She said she now feels she is responsible to get the people that voted against to feel she can still meet their needs.
She said that she will now have more time to devote to Council work since she retired on Monday, Oct. 29.
Ward 3 incumbent Les Schultz won by 950 votes, or 53 percent, over challenger Chuck Hanson's 831 votes, or 46 percent.
Ward 2 Councilor Lisa Fischer ran unopposed this election.