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Mack and Beck elected to New London City Council

NEW LONDON -- The New London city government will appear a little different after Tuesday's election as candidates John Mack and Loren "Corky" Beck were elected to the City Council.

Mack and Beck beat out Councilman David Schneider for the two open seats on the New London City Council.

Beck garnered the most support with 377 votes. Mack came in second with 358 votes, just edging out Schneider with 340 votes. The voting for New London City Council included 84 percent of the city's registered voters, according to unofficial results from the Minnesota Secretary of State's office.

Mack has been New London's mayor for 18 nonconsecutive years since 1976 while serving as an attorney in Kandiyohi County.

Mack chose not to seek re-election to the mayor's post and ran for council instead.

Beck, the city of New London's maintenance supervisor, will retire from his employment with the New London city government in December before taking office, according to information Beck provided the Tribune for its voters guide.

Beck has lived in New London for more than 40 years and served on the New London Ambulance service for 28 years and the New London Fire Department for 20 years. Beck's wife, Diane, is also a former member of the New London City Council.

Mack and Beck will each serve two-year terms. The council seats serve at-large.

One of the open seats was vacated by Councilman Perry Nelson. Nelson ran for mayor this year and was defeated by Bill Gossman. Nelson received 287 votes to Gossman's 350 votes.

Schneider had served on the council since being appointed in August 2003.