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Against the Odds: Matt Little, 27, Elected as Lakeville's Next Mayor

Little, a freshmen City Councilor and law student, defeated incumbent Mayor Mark Bellows and a third challenger in Councilor Laurie Rieb.

City Councilor Matt Little is Lakeville's newest mayor.

The soon-to-be 28-year-old law student, and current City Councilor, defeated incumbent mayor Mark Bellows and challenger Laurie Rieb on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

With all precincts reporting, Little received 12,175 votes, or 43.93 percent of the 27,715 total votes cast. Bellows had 10,803 votes, or 39.08 percent of the total. Rieb received 4,638 votes, or 16.73 percent.

Little went to Facebook to unofficially claim victory, saying: "I want to thank everybody who made this possible. Looking forward to building a better city!" 

See our election results page.

Lakeville Patch will have far more on the elections on Wednesday.

Harvey Simpson November 10, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Romney said 47% is dependent on the govt. I guess another 4% who voted for him want the same entitlements. Go get your welfare Obama phone today!
Harvey Simpson November 10, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Actually maybe Matt Little can get more voters by having the city pay for cell phones for our residents. We'll call it the Little Phone
Lakeville resident November 10, 2012 at 04:47 PM
ABSG, I see you are really passionate about your beliefs...and that's a good thing. You have some very valid points....but you lost me at "Perhaps we need to have people take a class on how to vote ?" Do you mean perhaps we need to have people take a class on how vote for the same candidate you do? Look on the bright side....Obama has four more years, Matt Little two.....if the everthing gets worse you're probably guaranteed a winner in the next election!
Jason November 12, 2012 at 11:12 PM
I think if we are being honest, and you wanted a true post-mortem on why Matt Little won, and Mark Bellows is now a one-term Mayor, you need look no further than here. Lakeville is a changing city, and one where multiple viewpoints are taking root because of that change. The vast majority of this city, as well as the nation, spoke loudly across a wide range of candidates & issues that while they do not expect to be considered "right" in every case, they do expect consideration and respect in sharing those views. From the beginning, Mayor Bellows and his most loyal and vocal followers seemed to reject the notion that multiple points of view were welcome. We were greeted with non-stop "proclamations" of truth and the way things must be on here and in other public forums, and differing opinions and perspectives were attacked, most often in a personal manner, and dismissed. While I too believe that Mayor Bellows, by and large, is an honorable man, you will learn if you poll most outside of this forum that MANY Lakeville residents felt his harsh and contentious reaction to opposing viewpoints on the budget, the old police station and the Senior Center were too myopic and close-minded, especially when the majority opinion didn't match his. Now I look here, and the offensiveness and condescending tone displayed by most on here just reinforces it. Lakeville wants people who want to work together and respect opposing views. This page shows why one won, and another lost.
Lakeville resident November 13, 2012 at 07:13 PM
ABSG, in my experience, Dave Fellon, the president of Progressive, is pretty childish, so maybe you've got something there!

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