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Arthur to be next mayor

Wednesday, November 5, 2003

Newly-elected Mayor Tom Arthur poses with his brother, Brad, shortly after winning the election Tuesday night.

NOTE THIS: Newly-elected city officials will take office Jan. 2.

It's been a hectic few months for Tom Arthur, but it's all paid off now that he has been elected mayor.

Arthur, who took the seat from incumbent Mayor Kenny Crabb, says that the victory is a surprise "depending on who you ask."

"I'm surprised, but not so much after I saw the weather forecast this morning," he said. "I saw that the weather was supposed to be beautiful today after they said it was supposed to be stormy last week. Last week I prayed to God and told Him that if He wanted me to do this, He couldn't make my election day rainy."

According to Arthur's father, Garold, of Spencer, the newly elected mayor "was brought up with a strong faith and has worked hard since he was 14."

"I came in basically a no-name," the younger Arthur said, "against a popular mayor... a principal and a teacher in this community for years. It's a miracle... I honestly believe that God placed me here."

When asked what other factors he thought took place in his win, Arthur had this to say:

"Honestly, I think people were ready for a change, new, fresh blood."

Arthur took 978 votes, or 68 percent, in the election. Crabb came by the gym, where Arthur's camp was located, after the vote to shake his opponent's hand.

"I really respect (Crabb) because in this day and age politics get close and personal," Arthur said. "These didn't. This race is how politics should really be. I just think I won because I have new, fresh ideas."

Arthur declined comment about appointments when asked, saying only that he wants to "sit and talk with everyone" to see if they will mesh in the future.

"I have been thinking about it, though," he said, "don't get me wrong."

After the hectic weeks leading up to the elections, Arthur says his short-term plans are fairly simple.

"Tomorrow I'm going to sleep, finally," he said. "And we're going to go pick up yard signs."

One of the bigger questions surrounding Arthur's election involve his job as a math teacher at Northview. In the past he has admitted to having trouble making a decision regarding the job, but now that making the choice is a reality, he believes he knows what to do.

"I'm probably going to have to quit if I win," Arthur said in an interview last week with The Times. "The job as mayor is going to take up all of my time if I'm going to do it right."

On election night, however, he had a bit more to say on the subject.

"It's going to be a bittersweet moment on Thursday," he said. "It's going to be sad for me and tough on me. I got to know all of the faculty at the school through my years there, and they've been very supportive so far."

Arthur's brother, Brad, stood by his sibling's side all night.

"I think he'll be a good mayor," Brad said. "He was brought up a Christian, brought up honest, and believes in fairness for everyone."

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