The worst kept secret in town is now official: Princeton will have a new mayor come January.
City councilor Paul Whitcomb was the only candidate to file for the mayor position and will replace Mayor Jeremy Riddle. Whitcomb received 1,799 votes in the Mille Lacs and Sherburne County portions of the city. There were 47 write-ins for the seat.
Whitcomb has served on the city council since 1998 and has two years remaining on term. The city council will have to appoint a successor.
City council incumbents Dick Dobson and Victoria Hallin were both re-elected. Dobson had 1, 254 votes and Hallin 1,342 votes.
Hallin was first elected in 2002. Dobson will be starting his third four-year term.