LORETTO: Koch defeats Lohr in Loretto Mayor race

Incumbent Mayor Kent Koch has defeated City Councilor Clark Lohr in the race for Mayor of Loretto.

Koch was one of the youngest candidates to be elected Mayor in Minnesota’s history when voters picked him for his first term. In his race for a second term, he garnered 320 votes (80.6 percent of the vote) compared with Lohr’s 74 votes (18.64 percent).

Four candidates were on the ballot competing for two City Council seats. Henry (Hank) Pepin was the top vote getter with 167 votes (28.69 percent). In the race for the second seat, Cari Girk squeaked out a narrow victory over former City Councilor Brenda Daniels. Girk received 148 votes, compared with Daniels’ 146 votes.

Current City Council Jeffrey France withdrew from the race but his name still was on the ballot. Despite his withdrawal, he received 118 votes (20.27 percent).

Loretto had 435 registered voters as of 7 a.m. All results are unofficial.