■ Business as usual for Baxter City Council incumbents
Incumbent Baxter City Council members Mark Cross and Todd Holman easily held onto their council seats in Tuesday’s election.
At midnight two of four of the city’s precincts were reporting and Mark Cross said he waited until morning to learn the final results.
Cross and Holman received a total of 2,063 and 2,040 votes, respectively.
Cross said he spent the night helping with Kids Vote and picking up campaign signs. “I got tweeted that I was out picking up campaign signs,” Cross said.
This will be Cross’ fourth term serving the city of Baxter. He was ini
tially appointed to fill Gary Muehlhausen’s seat in 1998 when Muehlhausen was elected mayor of Baxter.
Cross said he is grateful for the opportunity to continue serving the city of Baxter.
“I want to thank the residents of Baxter for continuing to have confidence in me,” he said. “I will do my best to uphold that confidence and serve to the best of my abilities.”
Holman, who has served on the council since being appointed in 2007, said he spent the night at home watching returns and also spent some time collecting his campaign signs. He said he waited up to hear the results, which came in some time in the early morning hours.
Holman said winning was a good vote of confidence from those in the Baxter community.
“I was pleased,” he said. “I count it a privilege and a great opportunity to serve ... I’m ready to get back to work now.”
Initial reports of a machine malfunction slowing down the election results in Baxter turned out to be false, said Deborah Erickson, Crow Wing County deputy auditor and elections coordinator. Erickson said one ballot did jam in the machine and 1,400 ballots required reconciliation, but there was not a major malfunction. “It just took a little longer,” Erickson said.
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