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Voters take Knapp in mayor's race

Council race decided by two votes

Published: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 1:19 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 1:39 a.m. CDT

POLO – Voters Tuesday elected Alderman Doug Knapp as mayor to succeed Mark Scholl, who did not seek re-election.

Unofficial results showed that Knapp won 348 votes to 226 for fellow Alderman Randy Schoon, 53.

"Cool," said Knapp, 60, after learning the results Tuesday night. "I am so happy. My opponent ran a clean campaign, and I will continue to work with him and the new council."

Both candidates agreed to run a clean campaign based on issues important to Polo voters.

"Randy was a good candidate, and I look forward to working with him," Knapp said. "The sewer plant will open soon, and he worked hard on the project."

When Knapp is sworn in, he plans to work with the board to entice new businesses to Polo.

"We need to spend wisely and get new businesses," he said.

Other projects, Knapp said, will include continued work on the pool renovation project and consolidation of equipment use between the street department and public works department.

In a close Ward 3 race, incumbent Alderman Cheryl Galor narrowly retained her seat over Tamela Merdian. The difference was 2 votes.

Knapp will be sworn in on May 6.

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