LEAD — In a landslide vote Lead residents selected Jerry Apa as their new mayor on Tuesday.
About 25 percent of Lead’s approximate 2,000 registered voters braved icy roads and snowy conditions to get to the polls on Tuesday, casting 454 votes for Apa and 195 votes for challenger Les Roselles.
“I am humbled and grateful that the citizens of Lead have elected me to be their mayor for the next three years,” Apa said. “I am gratified the voters elected me for my positions on the issues facing Lead, and I am very thankful they were not swayed by the negative campaign of my opponent. I would hope that we can agree to disagree in a civil manner in the future and we all work together to make some fiscal and economic decisions that will benefit the citizens and the future of Lead.”
Roselles, who still holds a seat on the Lead City Commission, said he will continue to work hard for the citizens of Lead in that capacity. He looks forward to working to find an economic development director, and attracting business to Lead’s downtown core. Furthermore, he looks forward to working with the commission to develop Way Findings signs.
Though he said he was disappointed with the results, Roselles congratulated his opponent. Apa, with his many years of political experience, was a formidable opponent in the race, Roselles said.
“I don’t know how anybody couldn’t be disappointed,” he said. “I am disappointed because I thought that Lead needed a change and needed a progressive approach. But now, as far as I am concerned, congratulations to him. He’s a tough opponent.”
A total of 653 of the approximately 2,000 registered voters in Lead cast ballots in this election.
Apa will be sworn in as mayor at the Lead City Commission meeting, May 6.