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Lehrke, Thiede headed to CG City Council

Derrick Lehrke was the runaway winner in Tuesday's Cottage Grove City Council election, easily winning one of the two available seats by 1,000 votes over his nearest competitor.

Voters also selected former planning commission chair David Thiede for a council seat. Thiede narrowly defeated police-endorsed Angela Chambliss by 79 votes.

Lehrke amassed 27 percent of the vote in the five-person field, Thiede just more than 22 percent, and Chambliss 21.6 percent.

Incumbent council member Pat Rice -- who was seeking his fourth term on the council -- finished fourth with 19.2 percent, more than 500 votes behind Thiede. Tanweer 'TJ' Janjua finished well behind with 9.3 percent of the vote.

Another incumbent council member, Mark Grossklaus, did not seek re-elecion.

Lehrke has been a vocal opponent of the city's plan to construct a multi-milion dollar public safety and city hall facility, and led a petition drive intended to force bonding for the project onto a referendum.

Lehrke narrowly missed winning a council seat in 2008, finishing just behind current council member Justin Olsen for the final open council seat.

Thiede focused his campaign not on city spending, but rather on growing jobs in Cottage Grove and expanding the city's tax base.

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