Lavonne Kozojed

Election worker Lavonne Kozojed directs a voter to a booth during Tuesday’s special election to fill former Hillsboro City Commissioner Shawn Skager’s seat.

Voters in Hillsboro elected downtown business owner Paul Geray to the Hillsboro City Commission on Tuesday during a citywide special election.

The owner of Paul’s Hometown Repair captured 67.6 percent of the 210 votes in Tuesday’s election, which was held to fill the remaining unexpired term of former City Commissioner Shawn Skager, who stepped down earlier this summer after moving to the Bismarck-Mandan area.

According to unofficial results, Geray received 142 votes in Tuesday’s election, outpacing fellow candidates Craig Moen (42 votes) and Kate Ehnert (25 votes).

John Crotty picked up one write-in vote in the special election as well.

Reached Wednesday, Geray said he was pleasantly surprised by his election win and looked forward to joining the city commission in December.

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