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Ben Simons poses for a photo in front of the North Douglas County Fire and EMS station where he is a volunteer firefighter. At age 18, the Yoncalla resident is the youngest person elected mayor in the town’s history.

Ben Simons has been elected mayor of Yoncalla, defeating Micki Vroman and Amanda Stroud. Simons received 41.2 percent of the vote compared to Vroman’s 22 percent and Stroud’s 34.8 percent, according to unofficial final results released Wednesday morning.

Simons is an 18-year-old Umpqua Community College student who was appointed to city council earlier this year.

“I’m glad about how it turned out,” Simons said. “Hopefully we can get stuff done.”

He was at the fire station hitting the refresh button on the county website until the results were posted just after 8 p.m. on Tuesday night. He said he was talking to people around town in the days before the election and had a feeling he might win.

“I’m not nervous at all. I’m definitely excited and happy about what’s coming up. I will keep doing my best work for the City of Yoncalla.”

As mayor, Simons said he will work to create more opportunities for local businesses by trying to eliminate regulations.

Stroud said that she wishes Simons the best as mayor.

“I know he’ll do a great job,” Stroud said. “Am I disappointed? Yeah. It was something that I really wanted for sure.”

Stroud said she will continue to be involved as much as she can in city issues.

Vroman had a similar message for Simons as he assumes his position as mayor.

“I wish him all the luck,” Vroman said. “He’s young and he has great new ideas that this town needs.”

Vroman looks forward to continuing her involvement in the community, she said.

Max Egener can be reached at megener@nrtoday.com and 541-957-4217. Or follow him on Twitter @maxegener.

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Max Egener is the city reporter for The News-Review. He has a master's degree from the University of Oregon, and is an avid skier and backpacker.

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