Updated: 01/14/2014 10:38 PM
Created: 01/14/2014 8:28 PM WDIO.com
By: Laurie Stribling
Patrick Boyle was elected to fill the second-district seat for the Saint Louis County Board of Commissioners during a special election Tuesday.
Unofficial results show Boyle got 65 percent of the vote.
Boyle is a current Duluth city councilor. He ran against former city councilor Jim Stauber. Both candidates talked about each other with high regard.
"First, I want to thank the second-district voters for coming out in a January election," Boyle said. "The second thing I want to say, I appreciate my competitor Jim Stauber and the 12 years he did on the city council."
"First I want to congratulate Patrick Boyle on a successful campaign and election," Stauber said. "I think he'll make a great county commissioner for the next almost three years. I really appreciate all the support I got from district two."
The second district includes Duluth's lower-east Hillside, Lakeside, Woodland and Lester Park. With only one race on the ballot, election officials said voter turnout wasn't great.
At the precinct at First Lutheran Church, they only had about 50 people vote by 2:30 p.m. There are a total of about 1,650 registered voters in that precinct.
"I think everyone should get out there and vote, no matter what the election is about," voter Al Healy said. "Get out there and vote. It's our right to go out and select the people we want in our office."
The second-district seat was left open when Commissioner Steve O'Neil passed away this summer. His wife, Angie Miller, was appointed to the seat in the interim.
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