Von Gausig wins Clarkdale mayoral race<br><i>Sa, Williams and Groom set for run off</i>

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DOUG Von Gausig handily won his bid to be the next mayor of Clarkdale.

Doug Von Gausig was elected with 64 percent of the votes. He beat out current Vice Mayor Ellie Bauer for the town's top seat.

"I feel really good about it," Von Gausig said of his win.

The question of who will serve on the council next term will be decided in a May run off election.

Jerry Wiley ran unopposed for a two-year council term was elected outright with 893 votes. The race for two open four-year terms was too close to call. Tom Groom received 577 votes, write-in candidates Pat Williams got 543 votes and Frank Sa received 344.

According to Clarkdale's town clerk, in order to be elected, a candidate must receive a majority of all ballots cast. This election got 1,177 ballots. Each candidate needed to have more than 588.5 votes to be declared the winner.

The run off election for the two open seats will be held May 18. Like the primary, the next race will be a mail ballot election.

Von Gausig said no matter who is elected he knows he'll be able to get along with them. He takes office on June 8 and said the time up until then will be busy.

"I'll be working really closely with the outgoing mayor, Mike Bluff, and Gayle Mabery, the town manager," Von Gausig said.

Learning more about the town and how it functions will be a priority.

"I have a lot of work ahead of me just to get caught up," he said.

Mountain Gate, the proposed subdivision coming to Clarkdale, will continue to be a priority for Von Gausig.

"The people seem to have said they want good quality … I'm going to work hard on that."

Any eligible Clarkdale resident who wants to vote in the May election has to register by April 19, according to the town clerk.

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