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Armstrong wins re-election as Victoria mayor

By DAVID TEWES
May 8, 2010 at 12:08 a.m.
Updated May 9, 2010 at 12:09 a.m.


Victoria County registered voters: 37,997Total votes cast: 3,604

Percentage turnout: 9.5

Incumbent Will Armstrong easily outpaced his opponents in a three-way race Saturday to be Victoria's mayor for the next three years.

Armstrong picked up 1,953 votes. Opponent Robin Holy had 893 votes and write-in candidate Chelle Nickerson had about 367 ballots cast for her.

Elections Administrator George Matthews said there were technical difficulties with the early vote and the numbers for write-in candidates are still unclear. He said there was a disparity in the numbers and he would work on them over the weekend.

Armstrong said he intends to relax now that the election is over.

"I think the next three years are going to be very exciting," he said. "We don't always agree on issues."

But he said it appears he will still be working with the same team.

Armstrong, co-owner of a moving and storage company, has said he tries to be an effective leader, which is a continuous learning process. He said during the campaign the city council had its share of split votes during his six years as mayor and he counts for only one vote.

But to achieve success, it's mandatory the council work as a team, he said. "More often than not, I'm leading a majority to resolution on issues," said Armstrong, 69.

Chelle Nickerson, a shift supervisor at Starbucks Coffee, said during her campaign while there's room for improvement, she sees no serious problems facing the city.

"I think Victoria is headed in the right direction and they have the right ideas," the 24-year-old said. "We just need to keep moving forward and keep the town going in the right direction in terms of renovating our downtown area, for one thing."

The third candidate, Robin Holy, has described himself as mentally disabled since 1989.

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