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Mayor’s contest whittled to two: it’s Williams versus Olch

by Jay Hamburger, of The Record staff

Mayor Dana Williams easily advanced into the November general election, more than doubling the vote total of Brad Olch, the second-place finisher in the Tuesday primary and the incumbent’s competitor in November.

Two political newcomers, R. Dan Portwood and Diania Turner, eked out a handful of votes each.

The vote totals were:

  • Williams 589
  • Olch 227
  • Portwood 20
  • Turner 19

    Election officials had not yet counted 21 provisional ballots. Citywide turnout was 16.1 percent.

    Precinct-by-precinct results were not immediately available.

    "I’m absolutely thrilled. There’s some things I promised when I got this job. One is I would not forget the importance of citizens, ever," Williams said.

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    The mayor, who is seeking a third term, said his campaign will widen in the coming weeks. Living-room chats and a fundraiser are planned, he said.

    "The campaign’s just gotten ramped up . . . It’s just starting to gain momentum," Williams said, calling Olch a "formidable person in this community."

    Olch said he is pleased to have advanced into the general election. Olch served three terms as the mayor immediately preceding the Williams administration.

    "We made it into the next round. That’s always good," Olch said.