James Wallin will serve another four years as mayor of Brainerd.
In Tuesday's general election Wallin received 1,459 votes, beating out challengers Guy Green, who had 1,250 votes; Kevin Stumpf, who had 846 votes; and Dan Egan, who had 487 votes. This will be Wallin's fourth term as mayor. He previously served 21 years as a city council member.
"What an honor it is to be the mayor again," Wallin said. "God really blessed me in lot ways and one is be able to represent the city I've known all my life."
Wallin thanked residents for voting, regardless of who they voted for.
"I thank people for exercising this privilege we have," Wallin said.
Green, who finished second, said he enjoyed campaigning and meeting the residents of Brainerd.
"I'd just like to say how much I enjoyed getting out and knocking on just about every door in Brainerd," Green said.
He said with about 63 percent of voters going against Wallin and for the three challengers, he felt Brainerd residents wanted a new mayor but didn't get one. He said that shows a new system is needed.
"I think it's an interesting observation," Green said. "I think what that indicates is Brainerd is facing somewhat of a structural problem and needs to look at the city charter a bit."
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