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Bean elected Ishpeming mayor; Chapman, Firby and Skauge win city council seats

ISHPEMING — Lindsay Bean won a tight race for Ishpeming mayor in Tuesday’s general election.

Bean received 1,338 votes, defeating opponent Pat Scanlon, who garnered 1,315 votes.

The mayor is elected at each general city election. Those council members whose terms do not expire immediately following the general election are automatically candidates for the office of mayor.

“Thanks to everyone for their support and votes,” Bean said Wednesday. “I look forward to serving as the mayor of Ishpeming. I’d like to extend a welcome to Elizabeth Firby, the newest member of (Ishpeming) City Council, and congrats to Stu Skauge and Jason Chapman, who retained their seats, and Pat Scanlon, who will serve as mayor pro tem.”

Bean said Ishpeming City Manager Craig Cugini is “doing an excellent job.”

“I look forward to all of us working together to continue the positive momentum in the city,” Bean said. “Thank you to all of the other candidates who put in time and effort running in their local elections. Public service is not easy, but it is fulfilling. Regardless of the outcome of the larger elections, you can make a significant difference in your community with an investment of your time.”

In the Ishpeming Council race, seven candidates were vying for three open seats. Chapman won the most votes with 1,544, followed by Firby with 1,518 votes, and Skauge with 969 votes.

Candidate Matt Cody received 775 votes, Mark Lindquist garnered 733 votes followed by Janelle Buttery with 654 votes and Robin Baird with 471 votes.

Chapman thanked Ishpeming voters for “putting their trust” in him, and expressed gratitude to the “city staff, electoral staff and volunteers” without whom “we would not have had such a smooth election.”

“I am here to work for the community. I am here to work for the employees of the city. Ishpeming has a lot of potential and we have to have an eye toward the future instead of toward the past,” Chapman said. “We know as a city we have a lot to offer, we know as a council we have a lot to offer, and we know as a team, council and staff, we have a lot to offer.

“And I sincerely want to thank all of our staff in the city of Ishpeming for their professionalism during the COVID-19 pandemic. The future is wide open, we have a lot of ideas. Our city manager has a lot of new ideas. I am excited to work with Elizabeth Firby and Mayor-Elect Bean. I know she has a lot of good ideas for our community. We are in great hands with Lindsay.”

Skauge and Firby could not be reached for comment.

All election results are unofficial until they are certified by the Marquette County Board of Canvassers which is expected to meet at 10 a.m. today.

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