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Somerset Elects New Mayor

Voters in Somerset decided to go with a new mayor on Tuesday.

Incumbent J.P. Wiles was defeated by Eddie Girdler by only forty three votes. Wiles has been mayor for two terms. Girdler directs the Somerset Housing Authority. Wiles says he accepts defeat, but says he's surprised by the results and will probably ask for a recount.

"The way I see it, we had an election. The other side won. I lost. I accept that graciously with the fact that it's not final," Wiles said.

"Somerset is going backwards, going backwards in terms of population. We're decreasing in population because we're focusing on infrastructure, but not getting people," said Girdler.

Girdler says he wants lower taxes and utility costs for Somerset.


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