Bailey wins big in bid for second term as Cottage Grove mayor
Cottage Grove Mayor Myron Bailey scored a resounding victory on Election Day, garnering more than 50 percent of the vote in a crowded field of candidates and confirming support, he said, for the direction in which he has led the city.
Bailey coasted to re-election Tuesday, accumulating 4,600 more votes than his nearest challenger, first-time candidate Chad Rediske, while securing 52 percent of ballots cast. Another pair of candidates - Lezlie Schriver, who did not actively campaign, and Chad Magle - each trailed the incumbent mayor by nearly 7,000 votes.
"I'm honored," Bailey said at an Election Night party late Tuesday night. "I'm humbled by the level of support. It does mean something - this community means a lot to me."
The 49-year-old Cottage Grove native, first elected to the City Council in 2004 before assuming to the mayor's seat in 2008, will serve a second four-year term as Cottage Grove's top elected official beginning in Jan. 2013 after carrying each of the city's 11 election precincts by a wide margin Tuesday.
Met with fierce criticism at times over the past two years as he pushed for construction of the recently opened $15.1 million new Cottage Grove City Hall and public safety facility, Bailey said his big win Tuesday - and the re-election of two other incumbent City Council members, Justin Olsen and Jen Peterson - affirmed a majority of the city supports the council's initiatives.
"I believe the voters said they like the direction the city is moving and they like our leadership," Bailey said.