Ely council race: Kess, Debeltz, Callen

by Tom Coombe -

It's back to work for Paul Kess and Jerome Debeltz. For Ryan Callen, the third time was the charm.

Kess, Debeltz and Callen were the top vote-getters Tuesday in Ely's city council race. All won four-year terms.

Kess won a second term in his second stint on the council, leading a six-candidate field with 1,024 votes. Right behind was Debeltz, who has served continuously since first winning election in 1993. The dean of Ely's council got 882 votes and was the runner-up.

Grabbing the third and final spot was Callen, who won a seat on the council after two previous unsuccessful tries and gained 796 votes. He edged out Angela Campbell, who came up just short in her third try at city office in four years and garnered 709 votes.

Lagging behind were former council member Mark Zupec with 663 votes, and first-time candidate Rachel Rae Colber, who picked up 398 votes.

Mayor Chuck Novak also won another two-year term, winning Ely's first uncontested mayoral race in decades.