BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. -- Brooklyn Park voters headed to the polls Saturday and elected Jeffrey Lunde as their new mayor.
With all 24 precincts reporting, Lunde received 2,903 votes (31%). His closest challenger, Tony Pistilli, received 1,582 votes (17%). Mark Mata came in third with 1,381 votes (15%).
The city charter called for a special election, which comes two months after Mayor Steve Lampi lost his battle with cancer in February. Lampi spent eight years as Brooklyn Park mayor.
"They city has to move on," City Clerk Devin Montero said. "You have some candidates who want to carry on the legacy Mayor Lampi left."
The majority of votes wins, and with no primary, 12 mayoral candidates took a shot. More than 9,200 ballots were cast in the special election.
"It's too bad we have to replace the mayor that way," polling station worker Linda Kelly-Allen said. "I suppose when a position is open, we have to rally up somehow to get that position filled."
Lunde will be sworn into office on May 16th. The part-time job pays $17,000 a year.
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