UPDATE: Prince leads in Bemidji Mayoral contest

The unofficial results from the general election are in, with 100 percent of precincts within the city of Bemidji reporting.

In the Bemidji Mayoral Contest, Jorge Prince leads with 3,919 votes, compared to Michael Meehlhause’s 2,617 votes.

In the City of Bemidji Charter Amendment, where voters were asked if the mayoral term should change to four years and coincide with the presidential election, over 54 percent voted in favor and 45 percent voted against.

Prince released this statement:

“I am honored and humbled to be elected as the next Mayor of Bemidji. I heard the people of Bemidji loud and clear yesterday. Our citizens voted for change, they voted for greater opportunities for all, they voted for a more accessible and accountable city government and they demonstrated their desire to address our city’s many issues with courage and resolve.

“I believe the Mayor is the ultimate representative of ALL the people, not just the loudest or best organized. I will work hard to represent everyone in our city, putting partisan politics to the side and focusing on finding real solutions. I believe in the people of Bemidji and I believe in our shared future. We have some of the brightest, most hard working, and innovative people anywhere in the world.

“I look forward to engaging our new city council, city staff and our entire community as we work together to overcome our challenges, create new opportunities, and build a better Bemidji.”

Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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