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Monroe mayor, alders save seats
A voter casts his ballot in the spring election at the community hall in Monroe Tuesday, April 1. (Times photo: Anthony Wahl)
MONROE - Incumbents won across the board in the Monroe city elections Tuesday, April 1.

But if city incumbents' winning their races implies the city is heading in the right direction, then Tuesday's election results give some indication that there is push back.

Bill Ross won his third term in a row as mayor with 653 votes against challenger Tyler Schultz, who came home with 612 votes. The number of write-in votes for mayor was 6.

Ross gathered about 51 percent of the votes cast for mayor, compared to Schultz's 48 percent.

Ross said the close race meant that the citizens of Monroe clearly had a choice in the election.

"I was fortunate enough to win," Ross said, "and I commend Tyler for his campaign."

"I want to thank Tyler Schultz for keeping (the race) positive and not negative in any way," he added.

Schultz gave up his Ward 5 seat on the council to enter the mayoral race, and said this election will be his last. He does not intend to stay in government in any capacity.

"It was do or die. I put all my eggs into one basket," he said. "I decided to let the people choose and live with that decision."

Schultz said he was hoping for a better turnout and thought perhaps his age was a factor in losing the race, and that people were reluctant to have a 30-year-old mayor. Ross is 68.