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Eagle Grove calls special election for vacancy

Election winner did not want to serve

EAGLE GROVE — Eagle Grove City Council has given the OK to move forward in a special election to fill Ward 3’s seat after its winner refused.

The seat previously held by Denny Vandewater, who served on City Council for two terms since 2012, was won by Gary Lalor Jr., who did not want the seat.

Lalor missed the deadline to pull his hat out of the ring before the November election, leaving his name as the only one printed on the ballot. Lalor declared his intent to not serve, giving City Council permission at its Jan. 6 meeting to declare the seat vacant and schedule another election.

Ward 3 voters, on the southwestern side of the city, can choose their next representative on March 3 — assuming anybody wants the position. Eagle Grove has four wards and two at-large positions on City Council.

City Administrator Bryce Davis said one person has requested the paper work necessary to file their candidacy. The deadline to file as a candidate is Feb. 5; the deadline to withdraw from the race as a candidate, is Feb. 7.

Lalor could not be reached for comment by press time.