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Larson wins a second term as Farmington's mayor

Farmington mayor Todd Larson was re-elected to a second term Tuesday.1 / 2
Terry Donnelly was re-elected to a second term on the Farmington City Council. Doug Bonar, who sits on both the Planning Commission and the Economic Development Authority, was elected to the council, as well.2 / 2

Farmington mayor Todd Larson has earned the right to be called mayor for four more years.

Farmington's final mayor and city council results were not turned in to the Minnesota Secretary of State until 12:15 a.m., Wednesday morning. But the results posted show that Larson triumphed in his bid for reelection by more than 2,100 votes over his closest challenger, David Pritzlaff.

Six precincts turned in numbers Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning. Larson topped the charts with a total of 5,351. Pritzlaff came in with 3,219 votes, followed by Jerry Wear, who received 732 votes.

Larson tried to keep himself busy with other things while waiting for the results Tuesday night. He started by going to Airlake Airport to give an award to Farmington High School student Brandon Dion, who received a promotion in the local Civil Air Patrol unit. Then he and his wife went out to pick up campaign signs.

They wound up at The Mug with school board candidate Julie Singewald and her husband, still trying to kill time while waiting for the local election results to come in. Eventually, Larson said Wednesday morning, they just went home and waited there.

"And I waited, and I waited, and then I waited some more," Larson said. "I didn't find out until the county website was updated (after midnight). Then it was like 'OK, there we go. Now I can rest.'"

In the next four years, Larson would like to continue working on the future of Farmington's economic development. Specifically, he would like to get more development in Vermillion River Crossings.

"I really want to see what we can do to attract business to the area. It's real important for people to be able to shop in the town they live in, and they expressed that several times," Larson said.

Council race

In the race to fill two, four-year positions on the Farmington City Council, incumbent Terry Donnelly was reelected to serve another term. Donnelly received 5,928 votes. Farmington Planning Commission member Doug Bonar finished second in balloting with 4,175, successfully winning the position that will be vacated by current council member Julie May. May did not seek reelection in 2012. Kirk Zeaman, the third candidate on the city council ballot, received 3,447 votes.

Besides sitting on the planning commission, Bonar is also on the Farmington Economic Development Authority. He's worked in the public sector - for school districts - for 28 years. But this is the first time he has been elected to a position, and he's happy to have that opportunity.

"Obviously, I'm very appreciative to the voters of Farmington, and I will be my best to represent them," Bonar said. "I'm very excited to accept an elected position."

At press time, Donnelly could not be reached for comment.

All three council members will take the oath of office in January.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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