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Published January 25, 2012, 08:23 AM

Incumbent Valley City Mayor wins election

Valley City, ND (WDAY TV) - After months of turmoil in Valley City, the race for mayor has come to a rather quiet end. Reporter Bill Schammert was in Valley City until the final vote was counted late last night and let's us know who came out on top.

Valley City, ND (WDAY TV) - After months of turmoil in Valley City, the race for mayor has come to a rather quiet end. Reporter Bill Schammert was in Valley City until the final vote was counted late last night and let's us know who came out on top.

Election officials worked late into the night here in Valley City, spending more than four hours counting every single vote by hand. But when all was said and done, incumbent mayor, Bob Werkhoven, won by more than 56-percent of the vote.

Bob Werkhoven – Won Election: “I guess that's a pretty good margin, if I could win them all that way I'd be happy.”

Mayor Werkhoven will finish the next two and a half years of his term as the Mayor of Valley City after winning by 268 votes. Embattled former police Chief Dean Ross says he is disappointed but ready to move forward.

Dean Ross – Lost Election: “Life moves on, Dean Ross moves on, and hopefully we can put all this behind us and have peace and harmony in Valley City.”

Even after tonight's results, both Ross and Werkhoven agree the most important thing is to bring Valley City back together again.

Werkhoven: “We can't please everybody and every time there is a decision made, somebody is not happy with it. You try to work with the majority, that's it.

Ross: “Most of all I want peace and harmony in Valley City, because most of all, Valley City needs to heal and I think this is the first step. I think Dewey Magnuson when he actually gets into the commission, he's going to be a great force.”

The newly elected Magnuson defeated incumbent Ken Evenson 52-percent to 48-percent.

Dewey Magnuson – Newly Elected Commissioner: “We've had a lot of ups and downs over the last year and I don't think the city commission handled themselves like they should of and when I was asked to run in the recall election, I thought Yeah, now would be as good of time as any."

The results will be made official when canvassing takes place next Monday. If the results stay the same, neither losing candidate will be eligible for a recount.

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