County election results final as of Friday

While results will not be final until after official canvassing on Friday, Marion County voters showed up in large numbers to choose both national and local leaders.

There were a total of 7,944 registered voters who showed up and voted either in person or by mail.

There was only one race that was close, and that was for the County Commissioner District 2 seat to replace Dianne Novak. Novak lost in the primary election in August to Michael Beneke of Lincolnville.

Both Beneke and David Mueller, Tampa, ran during this election, and the totals were close, but Mueller won by 45 points. The votes were 623 for Mueller and 578 for Beneke.

“I am humbled and honored by the support of the voters. My pledge is to listen and hear your concerns, treat everyone with dignity, respect, and understanding and find long-term solutions through teamwork and partnerships,” Mueller said.

Mueller said he has three primary goals for his job as commissioner. They are:

1. Work with fellow commissioners to develop priorities and a long-term strategy to achieve success—starting with county administrator, roads, storage/office space and economic development.

2. Work with and support elected officials and department heads to improve service and employee development.

3. Find a way to communicate the many successes of Marion County and build on them.

Mueller will begin his duties in January.

The rest of the races were uncontested.

For more information, visit the Marion County website at

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