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Fred accepts Gladstone mayor's position

GLADSTONE--The city of Gladstone finally knows who its mayor is going to be. Chase Fred said Tuesday that he will be accepting the mayor's position. Fred was originally on the ballot for a city council position and won. But he also won the mayor'...

GLADSTONE-The city of Gladstone finally knows who its mayor is going to be.

Chase Fred said Tuesday that he will be accepting the mayor's position.

Fred was originally on the ballot for a city council position and won. But he also won the mayor's race via write-in votes over candidates Darcy Fossum and Mark Erdman.

Fred said part of his decision was based on discussions with city attorney, Christina Wenko, who informed Fred that it would have been necessary to hold a re-election to determine the new mayor if he would have accepted the city council position. However, he said a majority of his decision was based on conversations he had had with Gladstone residents.

"I went around town and talked with people around town because I wanted to understand why they did what they did," Fred said. "And from talking to people, they said they just wanted a change. ... People just wanted a change, and try and implement some new things around town."

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Fred's decision leaves a vacant position on the Gladstone City Council. Wenko said this position can be filled by either a special election or from an appointment by the city council.

It is unclear when Fred will be sworn in as mayor. However, an organizational meeting will be held June 28 in Gladstone to determine how the city will move forward.

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