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Conrad wins second term

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen A voter arrives at the Fort Dodge Senior High Tuesday evening to cast their ballot. The school is polling place for Ward 10.

Fort Dodge City Councilman Neven Conrad easily won his second term as an at-large member of the council Tuesday.

He defeated challenger Eugene Newsome by a margin of 68.88 percent to 30.91 percent, according to unofficial election returns released by Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate.

According to those results, Conrad won 1,667 votes, while Newsome won 748 votes.

“Obviously, I’m pleased with the

results,” Conrad said Tuesday night. “It’s just as humbling today as it was four years ago.”

He said moving into his second term he will be paying close attention to the redevelopment of the Crossroads Mall site, which he said is “going to be huge for the city.”

He added that he will be working with the council and city staff on developing the 2020-2021 budget. He said he hopes to provide the Police Department with some additional resources in that budget.

“We’ve got to put a very serious focus on crime,” he said.

Newsome did not return a phone call seeking comment Tuesday night.