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Rochester Re-Elects Dead City Council President

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — You can’t sway some voters, no matter what happens.

In Rochester, the city council president, Dennis Hanson, won re-election. But the thing is Hanson died back in June.

He still got more than 51 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s election. Challenger Jan Throndson got 43 percent, and write-in candidate Jeff Thompson received about five percent. The unusual election came about because Hanson died after the deadline for withdrawal from the race.

Under state law, his name couldn’t be removed from the ballot. Rochester will hold a special election to determine who the next city council president will be.

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