October 31, 2014

Dead man wins election in Thompson

Voters in Thompson honored Mayor Roger W. Johnson one last time during Tuesday’s election. Johnson, who died over the weekend, finished as the top vote-getter in the city election. His was the only name on the ballot and while 37 write-in votes were cast, no one had more votes than Johnson’s 11.

According to City Clerk Diane Adams, the City Council will decide how to name a new mayor during the city’s next council meeting on Tuesday, November 12th. Adams was unsure whether the council would simply appoint someone to the position or if a citizen would petition that a special election be held.

The new mayor’s term will not start until January 1st. Until that time, Mayor Pro-Tem Jeff Hughes will serve in that position. Johnson, who was 85, had been the mayor of Thompson for the past eight years.

(Reporting by Joe Hall-Reppen, KLGA, Algona)