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Brainerd City Council: Newcomer unseats incumbent in Ward 3

Political newcomer Dave Badeaux has unseated incumbent council President Gary Scheeler in the race for the Ward 3 seat on Brainerd City Council. With all three precincts reporting, Badeaux had 748 votes to Scheeler's 535. It was a long wait for t...

Dave Badeaux
Dave Badeaux

Political newcomer Dave Badeaux has unseated incumbent council President Gary Scheeler in the race for the Ward 3 seat on Brainerd City Council.

With all three precincts reporting, Badeaux had 748 votes to Scheeler's 535.
It was a long wait for the results into Wednesday morning, Badeaux said, but it was a lot of fun.

"Oh my God, we're excited," Badeaux said.

The process of running for elected office has made Badeaux respect anyone who runs for an elected position, he said. He doesn't always agree with Scheeler, Badeaux said, but he thanks him for the work he's done on the council.

"It's going to be a lot of hard work and we've got a long ways to go," Badeaux said. "But the future for this city is looking very bright."

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Scheeler, 62, is a self-employed Realtor for Edina Realty. He won election to his current term in 2012 and previously represented Ward 3 on the council from 1999-2005. He is the current council president. He could not be reached for comment early Wednesday morning.

Dave Pritschet, council member representing Ward 1, had 98 percent of the votes reported. Pritschet's race was uncontested. Facing no opposition meant he could go to bed a lot earlier than he did during the last election, he said.

"There's a bit of excitement about having a contest," Pritschet said. "But it's relaxing to know I don't have to get up at 2 a.m. and check the results."

Gary Scheeler
Gary Scheeler

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