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  • Masten wins Smyrna mayoral election, Embert wins at-large seat

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  • Councilwoman Joanne Masten was elected Smyrna's new mayor in the town council election Tuesday with 456 votes to challenger Councilman Anthony DeFeo's 210 votes.
    The mayor's seat was one of three seats up for election this year; Mayor Pat Stombaugh decided against running for another term. The mayor's seat is a two-year term.
    DeFeo's at-large seat was also up for election this year with three candidates running to fill it. John Embert was the victor with 274 votes as he narrowly beat out Andrea Rodriguez who had 255 votes. The third candidate for the seat, Brian David, finished the day with 119 votes.
    The third seat up for election this year was Councilwoman Regina Brown's District 1 seat; Brown ran unopposed in the election.
    There were 669 total votes in the election with 24 absentee ballots.
    After the results of the election were announced, Masten said she was overwhelmed.
    "I never thought, honestly, I never thought that there would be that kind of a turnout for me," Masten said. "I was always cautiously optimistic throughout the day but you never know until the votes are counted. I just want to do the very best job I can and represent all the citizens well."
    Embert said he's ready to get to work.
    "I'm very excited to get started serving the residents of Smyrna," Embert said. "And in all sincerity, I'm very pleased it was a pretty clean race. No candidates bad-mouthed each other."
    Since Masten had one year left on a three-year term for her at-large seat, the town will need to hold a special election to fill the vacancy.
    Email Jennifer Dailey at jennifer.dailey@doverpost.com.

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