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FRANKLIN - Contested Franklin officials will stay in their positions for another term, with Mayor Steve Olson and 4th District Alderman Steve Taylor winning re-election against their opponents.

Olson won the bid for re-election against opponent Basil Ryan, who as a write-in candidate challenged Olson for the seat in 2014, as well.

"I'm pleased that the voters recognized the work that I've done, and I'm ready to continue to move the city forward," Olson said late Tuesday. "I've got lots of plans and lots of things in the works, and we're going to keep going forward."

Specifically, Olson mentioned getting the Ballpark Commons project "in the ground," which he hopes will spur more development in the area of 76th Street and Rawson Ave.

Ryan did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

According to unofficial results from the city clerk's office, Olson had 3,132 votes and Ryan had 2,649.

In other city races, Taylor won re-election as alderman, winning just over 100 more votes than his challenger, Pete Kosovich.

Taylor said he was very "humbled" to see his name on the ballot again and to get this response from Franklin voters.

"It's an honor to serve, and I'm looking forward to getting things done the next three years," Taylor said.

Taylor likewise expressed strong commitment to the Ballpark Commons project, saying he hopes to "see the project come to fruition."

Kosovich admitted he was disappointed and did not expect to lose, saying he had heard many people express dissatisfaction with the current alderman when he was campaigning door-to-door.

"At the doors there seemed to be a lot of support for me," Kosovich said. "I didn't see that much support for Steve Taylor, and I thought I had a good shot at beating him."

According to results from the city clerk, Taylor had 632 votes, and Kosovich had 540.

Alderman Kristen Wilhelm will also be returning for another term as alderman of the 3rd district, running uncontested in the race. She won 527 votes, with 16 voters writing in a candidate.

However, one new face will be joining the common council, with uncontested candidate John Nelson earning 549 votes for alderman of the 6th district. Current alderwoman Susanne Mayer did not run for re-election.

A lifelong resident of Franklin, Nelson said he is looking forward to serving the community.

"Every decision I make will be 100 percent transparent," Nelson said. "Every decision made will be for the betterment of the city 100 percent."

Out of 23,509 registered voters in the city, 6,039 voted in the spring election, for a participation rate of approximately 25 percent.

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