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Staples re-elects mayor; elects three new council members

STAPLES — Voters in Staples re-elected Mayor Chris Etzler to a third term and chose three new council members.

Etzler, 42, Staples-Motley Community Education director, defeated an active write-in candidate, Carrie Johnson, 184-179. Johnson is a part-time music teacher at Motley Staples Middle School.

Elected to the council were Mary Theurer, 326 votes; Kevin Jenkins, 260 votes; and Mike Isenberg, 271 votes. No incumbents filed for the council. Council members serve four-year terms.

Mike O'Rourke
Mike O'Rourke began his career at the Brainerd Dispatch in 1978 as a general assignment reporter. He was named city editor in 1981 and associate editor in 1999. He covers politics and writes features and editorials.
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