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Kabat wins La Crosse Mayor's race

Posted: Updated: April 2, 2013 11:00 PM

LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - It was a clean sweep as Tim Kabat is elected as the new Mayor of La Crosse.

Kabat, the executive director of Downtown Mainstreet, Inc., won all 29 wards in the city over challenger Doug Farmer.

The final vote total was 6201 for Kabat and 3238 for Farmer.

Kabat will succeed Mayor Matt Harter who chose not to run for a second term.

He'll be sworn in April 16. 

Kabat said he enjoyed his first political campaign -- especially canvassing neighborhoods and knocking on doors. 

"That really was the best part of the campaign," Kabat said. "That one on one voter contact and hearing people directly and just knowing the issues and the things they wanted to see for the city." 

Kabat also said he thinks voters opting for him over a long-time city council member in Farmer demonstrated they are ready for a new climate at city hall. 

"We talked about the fact that we need a mayor, a council and our citizens to all work together," he said. "I think that was a message we started with back in December and that it resonated with people." 



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