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Slawik beats former mayor in Maplewood election
Nora Slawik will be Maplewood’s next mayor, beating former leader Diana Longrie in Tuesday's election.
About 67 percent of votes went to Slawik. Longrie, 55, a local attorney who held the position from 2006-09, took just shy of one third of votes, according to unofficial results.
Slawik, 50, is a director of education at a nonprofit autism organization and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota. She wa a state representative in 1997-98 and 2001-12 for a district that covered the southern leg of Maplewood and city of Oakdale. She was previously elected on the DFL side of the ticket.
During her campaign, Slawik, a former member of the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission, listed job creation and economic development as some of her priorities, noting her legislative experience in collaborating with business, government and community leaders.
Other goals of hers include strengthening safety services and protecting parks.
Political newcomer Marylee Abrams garnered about 28 percent of the vote Tuesday, ousting incumbent Rebecca Cave. Kathy Juenemann won her spot on the council with about 27 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results, allowing her to serve a fourth term. Challenger Margaret Behrens came in fourth in the council race.