Newcomer Scott wins most votes to join Breezy Point City Council
Current council members Bakken, Lillehei lose seats
BREEZY POINT — Two newcomers will join the Breezy Point City Council and two incumbents were voted out Tuesday, Nov. 8.
The leading vote-getter for the two four-year council seats was newcomer Brad Scott, who had 628 votes. Joining him on the board in January will be incumbent Michael Moroni, who garnered 569 votes.
Tom Lillehei, a former mayor who was appointed to the council in August 2021, lost his bid to return to the council with 529 votes, as did incumbent Gary Bakken with 511 votes.
Lillehei was on the council from 2011-14, then was mayor from 2015-2020 before losing that seat in the 2020 election and later being appointed to the council. Bakken was elected to the council in 2014 and 2018.
"I was really disappointed with the results," Lillehei said. "With my wife passing, my heart really wasn't into it. I really love the city, and I really would like to continue (serving the city) in some manner ... But now I can spend more time visiting the kids."
Moroni has served on the council since 2014 after being appointed and then winning election in 2014 and 2018.
Angel Zierden will serve her first two-year term as Breezy Point mayor after being elected with 1,075 votes.
Incumbent Mayor Todd Roggenkamp, first elected in 2020, didn’t seek a second term.
Steve Jensen will be a new face on the council after winning the special election for a two-year seat with 1,095 votes.
Zierden and Jensen both ran unopposed.
There were 73 write-in votes for mayor, 25 for the four-year council seat and 14 for the two-year council seat.