Manitowoc has a new mayor – but the margin of victory may result in a recount. Justin Nickels edged fellow alderman, Dave Soeldner by fifteen votes in Tuesday's election, 4,711 to 4,696. Nickels, who's just 22 years old, said his age didn't deter him. "When I ran for city council, when I was 17 . . . I told my mom, I told my dad and all my family and friends, this is what I want to do, this is what I've always wanted to do, I've always wanted to be in public service and help those who can't help themselves," said Nickels. "When I told them I was running for mayor, they knew it was right."
If the Election Night results hold up, Nickels will succeed incumbent Kevin Crawford, who is stepping down to take a job in the private sector. The Board of Canvassers meets today at 3:00, and Soeldner is awaiting those results before deciding whether he'll seek a recount. "I want every vote to be counted, and I want the winner to be the actual winner, but I also am realistic about it, so I'll make a decision based on the facts when I get them," said Soeldner.