Patrick McGrady won a second four-year term as mayor of Aberdeen on Tuesday night, nearly doubling the vote total of his challenger, sitting city councilman Melvin Taylor.

Adam Hiob, Jason Kolligs and incumbents Sandra Landbeck and Tim Lindecamp won seats on the city council, all running unopposed.


McGrady did not immediately wish to comment following the election results being announced, but sent an email Wednesday thanking voters, donors, volunteers and family for their support, and congratulating the newly elected city councilmembers.

“Councilman Melvin Taylor ran a good race, honest and true. I am honored to know him, and look forward to serving the community alongside him in other roles,” McGrady wrote.

“The heart-warming support shown by so many during this election is very humbling and I am so thankful for your help," he wrote. "It’s time to build off of our success over the past four years to keep moving Aberdeen forward!”

Taylor also did not wish to comment after results were announced, but also sent an emailed statement.

“To all those who live in the City of Aberdeen, it’s been my pleasure to serve you as a member of the Aberdeen City Council and although my quest to serve you as Mayor did not materialize, I appreciate that so many of you knew and shared that I have made a difference,” Taylor wrote.

The outgoing councilman wrote that his support and belief in and for the city remains strong.

“To Mayor Patrick McGrady I say congratulations and may the city of Aberdeen be led openly and in a manner that is reflective of all its residents,” he wrote. “We all need a city government that works for its residents, with its residents and stands beside them in and at all times. May Aberdeen go upward and onward.”

There were 1,782 ballots cast, including 22 absentee and provisional ballots, according to the unofficial count from the Aberdeen Board of Elections Tuesday.

McGrady finished with 1,136 votes to Taylor’s 614. Hiob was the top vote-getter among all candidates with 1,278; Landbeck received 1,064, Lindecamp got 1,029, and Kolligs finished with 824.

Gina Bantum, board of elections chair, read the results inside the Aberdeen Activity Center, which served as the polling place Tuesday. The candidates or a designated representative were present to hear the results.

“I’m just really, really happy ... very pleased,” said Landbeck, who has served on the council for 10 years. “I think this is going to be an extremely strong council — we’ll get lots done.”

Hiob, the son of former Aberdeen council member Michael Hiob, hugged members of his family and campaign supporters outside the activity center upon learning the results, saying that he was “all-around very happy.” Michael Hiob, a current member of the city’s planning commission, also expressed his happiness over his son’s win.

“I’m very, very pleased with the results, that the voters entrusted the next term to a young, new advocate for the city,” Adam Hiob said.

“I’m looking forward to working with the incoming council to keep moving the city forward in a positive direction,” he continued. “We have a lot of challenges and exciting opportunities over the next term.”


Elections officials did not announce the results to the main body of candidates and supporters gathered outside the activity center, but they were posted on the front door for people to read. Several people expressed shock when they heard the significant difference in the vote totals for McGrady and Taylor in the mayoral race.

Absentee and provisional ballots will be reviewed during a canvass at 10 a.m. Thursday in the council chambers at City Hall, 60 N. Parke St.; the canvass is open to the public. The mayor and council will be sworn in next Monday during the City Council meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. in City Hall, according to the city website.