Clint Herbst, also known as Mr. Monticello, will be returning to his job as mayor of Monticello for his ninth and 10th year after a landslide victory over challenger Brad Fyle.
He received 3,561 votes (66.8 percent) to Fyle’s 1,738 votes (32.6 percent).
Herbst was pleasantly surprised by the margin and impressed with the turnout.“[The margin] did surprise me,” Herbst said Wednesday morning. “I thought it would be a lot closer than that.”
“I’m very impressed that Monticello turned out as many people as we did,” added Herbst. “It’s a credit to our community.”
Herbst, who has lived in Monticello since 1972, has held a public office in town for the majority of the last two plus decades. He was originally elected to city council in 1990, where he served three four-year terms.
In 2004, Herbst ran successfully for mayor, and has served as the mayor of Monticello ever since.
“People feel like Monticello is doing pretty well,” said Herbst. “[They are] happy with the direction the city is going.”
Fyle, a Monticello High School graduate like Herbst, is also a former mayor. He served for two years in the early 1990s.
He proved to be a rather easy opponent for Herbst, since the incumbent doubled up the vote total on his challenger.
Tom Perrault (3,606 votes) and Glen Posusta (2,612 votes) retain their spots on the Monticello city council, as they ran unopposed in this year’s election. There were 239 write-in votes in the council race.