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One newcomer amid winners in Superior election

One of four councilors facing challenges for their seats on the Superior City Council was ousted as a result of Tuesday's election. Voters returned Dan Olson, Warren Bender and Mick MacKenzie to City Hall for another term; challenger Denise McDon...

One of four councilors facing challenges for their seats on the Superior City Council was ousted as a result of Tuesday's election.

Voters returned Dan Olson, Warren Bender and Mick MacKenzie to City Hall for another term; challenger Denise McDonald will take the 5th District seat on the council April 20, replacing nine-year incumbent Ed Anderson.

McDonald said she knocked on more than 700 doors during her campaign.

"I found out I live in a super district," she said. "I loved every minute of it."

Her personal appeal earned her 55 percent of the vote. McDonald said she was honored to be elected and looked forward to working with her constituents.

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"I have lots to learn, but I'm ready," McDonald said.

In the 1st District, Olson faced a challenge from Superior businessman Tom O'Neill. He held his seat with a narrow win: 35 votes separated the candidates.

In the 3rd and 9th districts, Bender and MacKenzie faced a rematch with the former councilors they ousted two years ago. Bender held onto his seat by 132 votes, retaining the seat he took from airfield firefighter Kevin Norbie with an eight-vote split in 2008.

MacKenzie faced off against retired police officer Dennis Dalbec. In 2008, MacKenzie defeated Dalbec by garnering 63 percent of the vote after launching a write-in campaign and knocking on doors two weeks before the election. This time he faced Dalbec on the ballot and garnered 82 percent of the vote.

According to City Clerk Terri Kalan, voting numbers were low except in contested districts. City voter turnout averaged 20.66 percent.

In the lone contested Douglas County Board race, Carol Johnson retained her supervisor's seat in the 26th District. She received 154 votes while challenger Robert Edelstein received 48.

All vote totals are preliminary until canvassing takes place.

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