Coos Bay voters elect former mayor Benetti to lead city once again

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COOS BAY, Ore. -- Coos Bay will have a new mayor next year.

Voters chose former mayor Joe Benetti to lead the city once again.

Benetti garnered just over 44 percent the vote in a three-way race.

Current mayor Crystal Shoji finished second with nearly 32 percent of the vote.

Candidate Mark Daily had just over 23 percent.

Benetti discussed some of his first priorities as mayor.

"I really want to work with the new council; we'll have a brand new council, so it's imperative to me to work with them, find out their desires and move forward in a positive way,” Benetti said. “It's just such an honor the people felt they should re-elect me, or elect me to this position. I look forward to serving them and doing a good job."

Shoji took some time to reflect on the highlights of her service through the years on Wednesday.

She says this included improving the city’s appearance, better cooperation with the South Coast Development Council, and putting the city on track for economic development for small businesses.

"I just want to thank the citizens of Coos Bay for giving me three terms as mayor,” Shoji said. “It's been a great experience, and also to give my best wishes to the mayor-elect and the whole new city council. They'll move forward as they need to, I have confidence."

Moving forward, Shoji said, "Coos Bay will be in good hands."

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