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Penque Wins Cold Spring Mayor's Race

David “Angelo” Penque was elected Cold Spring mayor on Tuesday night, and will fill the unexpired term of his opponent from last year’s election.

Penque defeated former Cold Spring fire chief Jerry Sandfoss with 1,107 votes out of 2,013 total ballots cast, or 55% of the vote.

Last year, Penque lost his mayoral bid to Nancy Bay, who resigned in April after a short, tumultuous term as mayor, which included firing the city administrator, police chief, and city attorney. Former Mayor Mark Stoeber was appointed interim mayor, the office which he held for 14 years, after Bay resigned.

Penque told The River City News last week that his top priority as mayor would be public safety, among other priorities.

“Number one is safety,” Penque said. “Number two is keeping the taxes the same they are now. Number three is backing the police department to make sure they have what they need to keep the city safe.”

Stoeber said at the last city council meeting that the new mayor would be sworn in within a week of the election, due to the immediate need for a permanent mayor. Penque will be sworn in on Wednesday.

Sandfoss served the City of Cold Spring as fire chief for over 30 years and spent 46 years in public service.

-Clayton Castle, RCN contributor