Only one Brainerd City Council race was decided by midnight Tuesday.
In Ward 3 in northeast Brainerd, incumbent Kevin Goedker received 697 votes to beat challengers Barb Egan, who had 497 votes, and Howard Brewer, who had 150 votes.
Goedker was first elected to the council in 2004.
"I'm elated," Goedker said of his re-election. "I knew it would be close and I'm glad I got another chance to try and do the business of the city of Brainerd. Hopefully I will do as well or better of a job than in the last four years."
Goedker complimented Egan and Brewer on their campaigns and called the race amiable.
With six of eight precincts reporting at midnight, challenger Mary Koep and incumbent Bob Olson were leading the tight six-person race for two at-large seats on the Brainerd City Council.
The midnight totals with six of eight precincts reporting had Olson with 1,751 votes, Koep with 1,651 votes, incumbent Mark O'Day with 1,511 votes, David Colvin with 970 votes, Wayne Durant with 815 votes and Steven Wolff with 379 votes.
In a tight Ward 1 race, incumbent Lucy Nesheim was leading challenger Ed Shaw 543 to 498 with one of two precincts reporting.
Mary Koep watched election returns come in Tuesday at the Brainerd Dispatch. Koep and council member Bob Olson appeared to be receiving the most votes for the two Brainerd City Council at-large seats up for election with six of eight precincts reporting. Brainerd Dispatch/Kelly Humphrey » Purchase reprints of this photo.
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