Unexpected write-in candidate ponders surprise mayoral victory

Kenneth Wittman, who was elected mayor in Lake Lillian, Minn., still hasn't decided whether he's going accept or decline the job, the West Central Tribune reports. Whitman didn't campaign for the position, but received 13 write-in votes to win the election.
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Kenneth Wittman, who was elected mayor in Lake Lillian, Minn., still hasn't decided whether he's going accept or decline the job, the West Central Tribune reports. Whitman didn't campaign for the position, but received 13 write-in votes to win the election.

The city clerk tells the newspaper she doesn't think a decision will be made until at least the next council meeting Nov. 13

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