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Recount in Plymouth mayoral race comes down to 1 vote

Candidate Jon Vrieze lost his re-election bid by one.

Posted: Nov. 14, 2017 9:04 PM
Updated: Nov. 15, 2017 6:25 AM

Cerro Gordo County, - The Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors made a motion to have a re-count for the mayoral race in Plymouth in an effort to ensure all of the votes were accounted for.

Candidate Jon Vrieze lost his re-election bid by just one vote.

"Honestly, I was disappointed,” says Vrieze.

That led him to ask for a re-count, but even after the votes were tallied a second time he was still one vote short.

“But I want to say congratulations to Cecil. There is a lot of engaged people in Plymouth, but I just wish that more people would have come out to vote,” says Vrieze.

“I feel really good that the people and the machines and the people did a very good count and that the machines do work and the system does work,” says Cecil Kuhlers, elected mayor of Plymouth.

Kuhlers says he plans to attract more people to the city of Plymouth and promote more businesses.

"I decided I would have some support from the community, and I wanted to do what I could to promote the town. It’s a small town like any other small town in the area ... they are dwindling."

As for Vrieze, he says he still plans to help the city.

“Yeah, I will continue to move forward and we still have big plans for Plymouth and this little slip is not going to stop us in the progress of revitalizing Plymouth."

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