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Fierke, Stanek, Mannenbach in the lead

Incumbent Bill Fierke and newcomers Michael Stanek and James Mannenbach are the victors in the race for Eagle Point City Council.

Mannenbach was the clear frontrunner with 2,262 votes, or 30 percent, followed by Stanek at 2,079, or 27 percent, and Fierke at 1,943, or 25 percent. 

Councilman Aaron Prunty lost his seat, with just 14 percent of the votes cast, or 1,122.

"I wasn't in the Voters' Pamphlet, so I guess that's what killed it for me," Prunty said. "I will say that I know Mike Stanek personally, so I'm really glad he's going to be on the council.

"He's probably one of the smartest and most conscientious and civic-minded people I've ever known, so if I'm not going to be on the council, he's definitely a good person to take my place."

Stanek, a quality manager for Varney Manufacturing, said he was disappointed to not get the chance to "serve alongside Aaron (Prunty)."

"I had really looked forward to sitting with him on the council. All four candidates were very well qualified and well-established citizens. We have a very well-run city and I really like everyone I've worked alongside so far," Stanek said.

A newcomer to city politics, Mannenbach turned out with the highest percentage of all four contenders.

"I was pleasantly surprised," he said. "We had four great candidates. I didn't know how it was going to go. We had some good guys on there.

"I'm really excited to be part of the council and to begin looking forward from here."

Fierke, a retired vice president for Wenger Corp. of Minnesota, was unavailable to return calls on Tuesday. Prior to the election, he stated a desire to serve four more years with "still a lot to contribute."

Voters were asked to choose three out of four candidates. Each is a four-year term.

Incumbent mayor Bob Russell ran an unopposed race, garnering a vote of confidence with 2,946 votes, or 97 percent.

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Michael Stanek
James Mannenbach