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Hansen clinches third term; George wins at-large seat

Newton Mayor Mike Hansen was successful in his bid for re-election to his third term. Hansen defeated opponent Ron Bookout by 641 votes 1067-426, according to uncertified election tallies released Tuesday night by the Jasper County Auditor’s Office.

Hansen has served as Newton’s mayor since 2012 and then re-elected to the position in 2013 and 2015. He has lived in Newton for 57 years and is employed as a labor relations representative.

“It’s truly an honor to have the privilege of serving the citizens of Newton as your mayor,” Hansen said.

Bookout, a self-employed life long resident of Newton, said he decided to run for mayor to bring change to the city and help it thrive like it once did.

Evelyn George will now represent the city in the at-large city council position. George, who currently serves in Ward 2, received 813 votes to triumph over her fellow candidates Garfield Berndt III at 280 votes, Russell Terlouw at 179 votes, Matthew Holmes at 123 votes and Lance C. Hawley at 77 votes.

Also elected to city council is incumbent Steve Mullan for Ward 4. Dean Stonner will join the council for his first term serving Ward 2.

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