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Chris Watts defeats Phil Dougherty for District 3 Cerro Gordo Supervisor (video)


This news story was published on November 9, 2016.
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Chris Watts, Supervisor-elect

Chris Watts, Supervisor-elect

MASON CITY – Chris Watts has defeated Phil Dougherty in the District 3 Cerro Gordo Supervisor race.

Watts, a Republican, defeated Dougherty, the Democratic incumbent, 3,788 votes to 3,538.

Watts lost to Dougherty in the last two elections. Four years ago, also as a Republican, he lost 4,326 to 3,160, a difference of 1,166 votes. In 2008 as an Independent, the race was even more distant.

Tuesday evening as the results of the election were tabulated and released, Dougherty called Watts from the Prime N Wine restaurant, where the Democrats had gathered to watch election outcomes.  Both men agreed, Watts told NIT, that each had run a “clean” race, free of negativity.  Watts thanked Dougherty for his 16 years of service to the county.

Supervisor Phil Dougherty will be leaving office in January after serving 16 years

Supervisor Phil Dougherty will be leaving office in January after serving 16 years

“I’d like to thank all those who came out and voted for me,” Watts told NIT early Wednesday.  “I walked the county for the third time.  Over 400 hours of walking this time – 406 hours to be exact.  I met some great folks.  I plan to work very hard for them.”

Watts was celebrating with a few close friends at his home late Tuesday and early Wednesday, as his phone rang and beeped with dozens of messages and well-wishes.

“This is a long-time coming,” Watts said.  “A lot of hard work.  I’ll hit the ground running.”

Watts will be sworn in to his new position in January of 2017.

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2 Responses to Chris Watts defeats Phil Dougherty for District 3 Cerro Gordo Supervisor (video)

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    PABLO SWIFT Reply Report comment

    November 9, 2016 at 11:11 am

    We elected you and Tim and got rid of those 2 freeloaders so PLEASE do not let us down. Fight for what you know is right and REMEMBER where you came from. You 2 know what was done in the past dont let it continue. THAT IS ALL WE ASK OF YOU @ GUYS. Good Luck

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 9, 2016 at 8:03 am

    Better stay above board or your going down the road – Best of luck.