Rumors of new mayor confirmed

November 14, 2012 by  

After months of speculation, it has been announced that Princeton will welcome a new mayor in January.

Jeremy Riddle has stepped down from the position and Princeton city councilor Paul Whitcomb was the sole candidate to put his name forward. The seat will officially be his after Christmas as he is sworn in before public officials in a special ceremony, likely to be marked by banner printing.

Approval for Whitcomb came in the form of votes from several districts of the city, including Mille Lacs and Sherburne County, where 1,799 tallies were counted. In all, 47 write-ins were received for the seat.

Whitcomb is no stranger to city politics in Princeton. He arrived on the scene in 1998 and has served several terms, no doubt keeping local print companies busy throughout the years printing signs, flyers, and election posters. In fact, there were two years remaining on his current term, and it is now the responsibility of city council to find an appropriate successor.

Two Princeton councilors, Dick Dobson and Victoria Hallin, were brought back for another term, with 1,254 and 1,342 votes respectively.

Hallin has served several two-year terms since 2002, and Dobson is back for a third term. There are four councilors in all in Princeton and each is elected for four-year terms.

The mayor and council meet every Tuesday and Thursday in Princeton. The public is invited and can follow the activities of the civic leaders via meeting minutes published on the Princeton website.