Current Mayor Dennis Egan easily won re-election Tuesday with more than 73 percent of the vote over challenger LaVergne Dickerson.
Egan's votes totaled 5,804 (73.53 percent) while Dickerson had 2,029 votes (25.71 percent). There were 60 write-ins totaling less than 1 percent.
Such a high number came as a bit of a surprise to Egan, and he said he was thankful for the backing.
"I'm literally overwhelmed by the support and the confidence that the Red Wing residents have put into the message I'm trying to promote," Egan said. That message includes "focusing on the economic vitality of Red Wing, ensuring seniors and our youth continue to be a vital part of our community," guaranteeing quality education and "making sure Red Wing stays livable in terms of the price of how we run things."
Egan was elected in a 2011 special election. This year, he won all precincts with significant leads.
The campaign still offered a chance to talk about important issues, Egan said, and he hopes Dickerson and others will remain involved in the city's work.
"I want to congratulate LaVergne on being part of the race," Egan said. "We had some good discussion and dialogue."
Egan said priorities for the city moving forward center around the budget.
"We've got an interesting opportunity," he said. "I truly believe if we can solve the incinerator issue and Mississippi National Golf Links we could actually, a year or two down the road, save Red Wing about $700,000."
Those two issues -- both currently costing the city thousands -- will be key in the near future, Egan said. Exploring other budget options will be important as well since the proposed half-cent local option sales tax failed Tuesday.
The city has a budget workshop scheduled for Thursday evening.
Egan said the money saved by finding solutions for MNGL and the incinerator could go toward infrastructure needs or some of the projects or areas suggested in the local option sales tax, such as downtown and riverfront revitalization.