Incumbent Mayor Shep Harris swept the Golden Valley Mayor race against current Councilmember Steve Schmidgall, with more than two times the votes than his opponent. According to unofficial results, Harris received 72.5% of the vote, while Schmidgall received 27.2%.
Schmidgall joked to his friends and followers in social media that he "was beaten like a rented mule!" He said he was proud of the work he has done for the city in the past 16 years, and thankful to all that helped or supported him in the mayoral race.
Schmidgall's term on the city council will end this December, after which he "looks forward to rejoining my singing family, traveling to visit my daughters and their families, and spending time with friends I have long neglected."
Harris said he was "humbled and grateful" to those who re-elected him.
"The collective message we heard in this election from voters is one of inclusion, collaboration and desired progress for our community," he continued. "I am honored to partner with the new city council and residents of this special community in forwarding these goals over the next four years!"
In the city council race, newcomers Kimberly Sanberg and Maurice Harris were chosen by voters, also according to unofficial results. Sanberg received 32% of the vote, and Harris 29.5%. Incumbent City Councilmember Joanie Clausen was ousted from her seat with 22.4% of the vote, and council newcomer/Planning Commissioner Andy Johnson received 15.9%.
As of 7 a.m., 15,910 voters were registered in the city of Golden Valley. 4,597 individual votes were cast in the mayor's race, and 8,612 votes were cast for Golden Valley City Council (each registered voter were instructed to make two choices, as the seats are elected at-large).