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Fritz squeaks out narrow win

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen Sue Laufersweiler puts the cap back on her pen Tuesday night after marking her ballot at the Ward 10 polling place in the Fort Dodge Senior High. With an hour or so left before they closed the site had received about 200 voters.

Andy Fritz will return to the Fort Dodge City Council next year after besting Justin Myers by just nine votes in Ward 2 during Tuesday’s election.

Fritz received 210 votes, or 50.85 percent, according to unofficial election results posted Tuesday night by Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate.

Myers received 201 votes, or 48.67 percent, according to unofficial election results.

Fritz will replace Councilman Dean Hill, who will retire when his term ends at the end of this year.

“I’m really happy,” Fritz said Tuesday night. “I’m glad to be back. I’m glad to move Fort Dodge forward.”

Fritz served as an at-large councilman from 2010 to 2017 when he lost his bid for a third term.

Myers, who had never run for public office before, said Tuesday night that he was “still taking it in.”

“Congratulations to Mr. Fritz,” he said. “I will be looking into how the election results turned out. I want to thank everyone that supported me. Thank you to the Ward 2 voters.”

Ward 2 is the southern half of the city.