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Ely mayor loses re-election to candidate who dropped out of the race

Incumbent Mayor Chuck Novak was upset by challenger Eric Urbas.

Ely will be getting a new mayor after incumbent Mayor Chuck Novak was upset by challenger Eric Urbas. 

Urbas actually dropped out of the race in August, the Ely Echo reported. However, it was too late to remove his name from the ballot.

What's more, the Mesabi Tribune explains that Ely has been caught in the middle of environmentalists and those who are pro-mining. Novak was one of six Iron Range mayors to sign a letter in support of Trump's re-election and he, along with the Ely City Council, passed a resolution that supported mining, including Twin Metals and PolyMet. 

According to the Minnesota Secretary of State's website, Urbas won 51.68% of the vote (924 votes) to Novak's 44.74% (800 votes). 

Urbas, who said he was dropping out of the race due to health reasons, will get to decide if he wants to accept the office, the Mesabi Tribune says. If he doesn't, the Ely City Council will temporarily appoint a mayor.

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