Tom Nelson wins Spencer City Council Ward 1 special election

Tom Nelson wins Spencer City Council Ward 1 special election

Tom Nelson was elected to represent Ward 1 Tuesday night in a Spencer City Council special election.

Unofficial results showed Nelson received 69 votes, Natasha Mohror received 42 votes and Michael Watland received 6 votes.

After results were posted, Nelson said he “pleased and humbled.”

“First thing is I obviously have a lot to learn,” he said. “So I’m looking forward to that.”

The special election was held to fill the Ward 1 seat left vacant after Frank Petska died unexpectedly in October.

Nelson owner of Nelson Jewelry in Spencer, will serve for the remainder of Petska’s term, which ends in 2021.

As he prepares to serve on the council, Nelson said at this point he doesn’t have an agenda or any specific issues he’ll seek to address right away.

He said the city has been making good progress in many areas.

“I’m really excited about the direction we’re going,” Nelson said. “I think there’s a lot of great things going on in the city of Spencer.”

Voter turnout in Tuesday’s special election was low. Only 117 of the ward’s 1,353 registered voters submitted ballots.

That’s a voter turnout of 8.6 percent.

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