The final numbers are in. The people of Hastings have chosen Mary Fasbender as their new mayor.
In the race for mayor, Fasbender beat out opponent Danna Elling-Schultz with nearly 60 percent of the vote.
The numbers reported from the precincts were steady for a majority of the night with Fasbender leading by roughly 20 percentage points.
“My campaign has always been ‘For the people, not the podium,” Fasbender said in a statement. “As I have said through my campaign, I am not a politician. I am a communitician. I am here for the community.”
For her first act as mayor, Fasbender wants to sit down with the people of Hastings and talk about their needs.
“I have given 40 years of my civic duty to make Hastings a better place, and that is what I want to do with the insight of residents and businesses,” Fasbender said.
Fasbender, 59, will also have a focus on business growth and retention- having owned her own business, MDK for Hair, for over 30 years.
“As mayor, my plan is to be hands-on in many areas, this being one of my priorities… I have compassion for the business world and understand what their needs and struggles are to run a business,” Fasbender said in an October Q&A with the Hastings Star Gazette.
For Schultz, she is looking forward to the calm after the storm.
"I am looking forward to spending time with family and friends," Schultz said. "I worked hard... I concentrated on the positive and what would make Hastings move forward. I would stand by the way I ran that campaign."