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Kuhle elected as mayor

Darin Veen (left) and Cari Benson-Veen (right) check in with Kathy Reker (far left) and Marjorie Olson (far right) before casting their votes Tuesday. Jesse Trelstad/Daily Globe

WORTHINGTON — Mike Kuhle captured the three-way Worthington mayoral race Tuesday with 1,335 votes (43.76 percent), toppling longtime mayor Alan Oberloh and Chris Dybevick.

Oberloh, who was seeking a fourth term, received 867 votes (28.42 percent), and Dybevick had 835 votes (27.37 percent).

Kuhle said he was “waiting on pins and needles” all night as he watched the numbers roll in at the Elks Lodge with his family and committee members that supported him throughout the campaign. He said the campaign process was a lot of work, but that he had great support from his family and many others.

“I can honestly say that I was on every street in this town,” he said. “It’s kind of funny that we talk about a shortage of houses in this town, because there are a lot of houses in this community.”

Kuhle said he will hit the ground running now that he has been elected.

“First thing, we want to make sure is to hire an interim city administrator, and then I would like to sit down with the council individually and get their perspective on where they would like to see the city go,” Kuhle said.

He said a key part of his new tenure as mayor will be focusing on economic development.

“Talking to people in the town, the biggest thing I’ve heard is about economic development, the mall and having more retail,” Kuhle said. “So it’s something I’m going to work on.

“I can’t thank the committee enough for their help and I appreciate the support voters have given me,” he added.

Oberloh was also watching the numbers roll in and saw Kuhle’s win coming.

“I’ve been in elections before and it doesn’t sway high from one (candidate) to the next,” Oberloh said. “There’s pretty much a trend.”

Oberloh gave some brief advice to Kuhle as he enters his new mayoral duties in January.

“I hope Mr. Kuhle knows how much work it is going to be to be mayor,” Oberloh said. “He’s going to have a wakeup call here in January as to how much work the job really is.”

As Oberloh finishes his tenure, he plans to get the process going to hire a new city administrator. Oberloh also gave his final words to citizens about his time as mayor.

“The citizens have spoken and I guess they wanted a new mayor,” Oberloh said. “I’ve given my full energy to the city. I’m honored to have served the city. During my tenure a great deal of good things have happened and we’ve accomplished a lot, and I will stand proud of those accomplishments.”

Erin Trester
Erin Trester is the crime and city reporter for the Daily Globe. She's a native of Lewiston, MN, but moved to Buffalo, NY to attend college and obtained her bachelor's degree in Communications. She started at the Western New York Catholic Newspaper as a reporter in Buffalo, but in October 2013 she returned to her home state to start with the Daily Globe. Most of her spare time is taken up by her 13-year-old thoroughbred named Faith, but some of her other hobbies include reading, fishing and spending time with friends and family. 
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