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Ross re-elected

The weather, undoubtedly, played a role in voter turnout Tuesday, but when the ballots were cast, incumbents were resoundingly sent back to serve another term.

The weather, undoubtedly, played a role in voter turnout Tuesday, but when the ballots were cast, incumbents were resoundingly sent back to serve another term.

In Superior's mayor's race, Dave Ross faced a challenge from businesswoman Carol Reasbeck, a former city councilor and School Board member. Ross walked away from Tuesday's election carrying nine of the city's 10 voting districts and 62 percent of the ballots cast for mayor. He received 2,799 votes to Reasbeck's 1,743.

After losing a month in the campaign, Reasbeck said she had little doubt the distraction of caring for her 97-year-old mother, who died one month ago, played a role in not being able to reach out to as many voters as she would have liked before the election.

In spite of the loss, she has guarded optimism about the city's future.

"If they [Ross and city councilors] carry through on some of the issues we brought up during the campaign ... like economic development," Reasbeck said, the city will be OK.

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Voters who cast their ballot for Reasbeck said they believed she would be willing to listen and would bring a fresh perspective to city government.

"We went with Reasbeck," said Cindy Tanner, who cast her vote in the city's 10th District. "I just think Dave has made a few too many mistakes, and I think it's time we get someone in with a fresh perspective."

However, voters handed the office to Ross, who many believe has done a good job of running the city in spite of some controversial stances.

"I just like the job he's been doing so far," said Joe Coder, who cast his ballot in the 8th District.

From the decision to raze the Palace theater to his efforts to clean up Superior's "party town image" in the downtown bar district, several voters stated it was the new direction for the city's downtown that prompted them to return him to office for another four years.

Others who threw their support to Ross acknowledged they didn't agree with everything he's done in the last four years.

"It was kind of a toss-up," said 10th District voter David Compton, who voted for Ross. "He did a few things wrong and a few things right and what he did right I kind of liked."

Ross said his priorities are going to be establishing the city's 12-year debt reduction plan and establish a plan for how the city will use the terminal tax for economic development.

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"We're going to put the terminal tax to work on behalf of Superior," Ross said.

Voters also returned Councilors Nick Milroy and Esther Dalbec to office. Councilors Tom Bridge, Jackie Stenberg and Chuck Hendry were unopposed in Tuesday's election.

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