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Dawson Mayor hopes for unity in second term

The mayor of Dawson says it's full speed ahead after winning a second term. But he's hoping the community can come together, after another close race.

Christopher Wright is looking forward to his next term as the Mayor of Dawson. "I think the atmosphere has been set. So now it's time to move full speed ahead," said Wright.

Wright defeated Robert Albritten by just 39 votes.

"I was thinking it could go either way," said Earl Thomas, a resident.

Residents, and Christopher Wright, weren't surprised that it was a close race.

"So much controversy about so much going on in the community. It's like give and take situations. So I was expecting that, expecting that it would be a close race," said Thomas.

Albritten had served as mayor of Dawson for 22 years, before losing to Wright two years ago by 29 votes. "I thought it would end the way that it would. I thought it would be a close race. And as we can see from the results, it looks like I gained a few supporters," said Wright.

The 24 year-old Dawson native was hospitalized a year ago after being shot multiple times in his home. 
 
Police have never made any arrests in the case, but Wright says he's not concerned. "I guess you can say I would have to take matters into my own hands. But as far as security is concerned, I think I'll be just fine," said Wright.

And he's hoping now the community can unite, despite the large amount of support for his opponent.

"To gain support across the board would be perfect. I think so, in order to move the city forward," said Wright.

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