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Mapleton mayor overwhelmingly wins recall election

Eric Hillman

MAPLETON, N.D. – The mayor of this small city 10 miles west of Fargo won a recall election Thursday.

Mapleton Mayor Eric Hillman faced the recall after City Councilman Ryan Johnson spearheaded a recall campaign against him.

Hillman won overwhelmingly with 74 percent of the vote, according to results released by the city’s auditor.

“I have good support in this town,” Hillman said. “I’m glad it’s over. It’s a sigh of relief.”

Hillman said he plans to maintain a cordial relationship with Johnson.

Hillman’s opponent was Carlita Dietz, a former councilwoman who lost her seat in the June city elections.

Hillman received 146 votes and Dietz 48. There were two write-in votes.

Dietz said the people voiced their opinion and said she hopes the election will make the mayor think a little more about how he represents the city when he’s in public.

Dietz said she isn’t ruling out future campaigns for a seat on the council.

“I do want what’s best for the city and I want a steady growth that is maintained,” she said.

Johnson had claimed Hillman was unprofessional and didn’t listen to resident concerns.

He alleged the mayor was part of a “good ol’ boys” club and gets drunk and starts “talking politics.”

Johnson could not be reached for comment on Thursday night.

Hillman, who’s been the mayor since 2012, denied those allegations.

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