ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- The polls are closed and the votes have been tallied for Rochester's Ward 5 city council seat.
Mark Hickey won Tuesday's special election with 764 votes, taking 57% of the vote. Hickey's opponent, Shaun Palmer, grabbed 43% with 585 votes.
Hickey takes the seat previously held by City Council President Randy Staver.
Long-time City council representative Bob Nowicki has filled the seat since Staver was elected City Council President.
"The first thing I'm going to do is sit down with Bob Nowicki and kind of go over a kind of hand over of responsibilities, and I'm ready to get started here," Hickey said.
Hickey led in the primary and said his campaign is focused on public input and transparency in the city council.
Hickey will serve as Ward 5 Representative until the end of 2014 -- the end of the term Staver was originally elected to serve
Look for the latest on the election, as well as what Hickey has to say about his victory tonight on the NewsCenter at 10.
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