MOORHEAD - Two longtime city councilmen here were unseated Tuesday.
Fourth Ward incumbent Greg Lemke, with 31 percent of the vote, lost his seat to Steve Gehrtz, who received 55 percent.
Bert Chamberlain received 6 percent and Conrad Larson 7 percent of the vote in the 4th Ward.
Lemke has served for 10 years on the council.
Gehrtz and Lemke did not return messages left for them late Tuesday night.
In the 3rd Ward, incumbent Dan Hunt was unseated by challenger Mike Hulett, who received 69 percent of the vote. Hunt received 31 percent of the vote. Hulett and Hunt both ran for the 3rd Ward City Council seat eight years ago, when Hunt was first elected in 2003.
Heidi Durand won the 2nd Ward seat vacated by Diane Wray Williams with 55 percent of the vote. Travis Reimche received 45 percent.
In the 1st Ward, incumbent Nancy Otto received 74 percent of the votes. Torail M. Boxley filed for candidacy, but then decided not to seek election. Still, he received 21 percent of the votes. Write-in candidates received 5 percent.
The 2nd Ward includes a majority of the Minnesota State University Moorhead and Concordia College campuses. Both Durand and Reimche have experience in education. Durand is a Minnesota State Community and Technical College instructor, and Reimche is a former Rasmussen College staff member.
Durand said it is hard to say her career influenced the election, with so many student voters.
"I made a concerted effort to get over to MSUM to talk to students as they came in and out of the union," she said. "I did want them to see me and hear what I had to say. I want the city of Moorhead to be more student-friendly, and include students more, apart from when there is a flood."
She said she will be ready to get to work after a short rest.
"(I'm) extremely humbled and extremely excited," Durand said. "I'm going to take the next couple weeks to take some deep breaths and try to relax after the last couple months of door-knocking."
Otto said she was not surprised Boxley received votes despite his lack of campaign.
"I think there are always some people that like to make a statement," she said. "They have a right to make that statement, it's a minority."
Otto will now serve her fourth four-year term.
"I'm very pleased, and very thankful to be able to serve our citizens once again. I look forward to it," she said.
Council members are paid a salary of $851 per month, or $10,212 a year.
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