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Cindi Shaw coasted to a fourth term on the Butte-Silver Bow Council of Commissioners on Tuesday, beating Rick Chappel in District 11 that covers much of Uptown Butte.

In other contested council races, Michele Shea beat Michael "Rocko" Mulcahy in District 2 and high school counselor Eric Mankins defeated Julie Jaska in District 9.

According to final, unofficial results, Shaw got 770 votes, or 71 percent, to 307 votes, or 29 percent, for Chappel. Those were almost the same percentages each candidate got in the primary, but both advanced because they were the only two in the race.

Shea came within nine votes of knocking off incumbent Sheryl Ralph in District 2 four years ago, and this time she won the seat handily. Out of 1,500 votes cast, she got 60 percent to 40 percent for Mulcahy.

Ralph was not seeking re-election and stepped down this summer to take a job in Arizona. Dan Strizic, who did not advance in the District 2 primary, was appointed to fill the seat until the election.

In District 9, where incumbent Dan Foley was not running again, Mankins got 60 percent of the tally to 40 percent for Jaksha out of 1,233 votes cast.

Shaw, a retired legal investigator, served on a Butte-Silver Bow Study Commission from 2004 to 2006. She was elected to her first council term in 2006 and was re-elected in 2010 and again in 2014 and chaired the body for four years at the request of fellow commissioners.

“I want to sincerely thank everyone who voted to re-elect me to another four-year term as their commissioner for District 11,” Shaw said Tuesday night. “I look forward to continuing to serve and represent my district and all of the citizens of this great community.”

Chappel, who owns the antique store Beautiful Things on Broadway, did not attack Shaw on the campaign trail, instead praising her at one point.

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“She has suited up and shown up for the last 12 years and appears willing to do it for four more,” he said last week.

Commissioner Bud Walker did not seek re-election in District 7, but only one person filed for the seat. John O’Neill, a commercial loan officer, will take office in early January.

It earlier appeared as if there would be a contested race for District 1, but incumbent Cindy Perdue-Dolan stepped down in July to become a field representative for U.S. Sen. Steve Daines.

That left only one candidate, Shawn Fredrickson, who was appointed as interim commissioner and will now start a full, four-year term.

Incumbent Dan Olsen drew no opponent in District 5 and also will start his own full term in January. He was appointed to the seat following the February 2017 death of Commissioner Dennis Henderson.

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