Solomon defeats Rice to win second term
November 6, 2013
Havre Mayor Tim Solomon, a Democrat, won a second term Tuesday, defeating the man he beat four years ago, former Mayor Bob Rice.
The first results showed Solomon defeating Rice 1,399-1,109, 55.8 percent of the vote, carrying all four wards.
In 2009, Solomon defeated Rice in his bid for a third term with more than 62 percent of the vote.
The election saw about 58 percent of active registered voters return mail ballots.
At Democratic headquarters, the victorious candidate thanked his supporters and promised to continue working hard to complete projects he had begun in his first term.
At the Duck Inn, where Republicans gathered, Rice thanked his supporters and left.
Rice has been a fixture in Havre politics for more than 20 years.
This was the fifth election in a row that he had run for mayor,
Rice lost his first bid to Democrat Phyllis Leonard but came back to win two elections in a row before losing to Solomon four years ago.
Solomon, too, has been a mainstay in politics. He was elected to several terms as Hill County Sheriff. He then came out of political retirement four years ago to run for mayor.
This year's election was relatively quiet, except for a Havre Daily News-sponsored forum, when Solomon charged that Rice had moved out of town after losing four years ago and, thus, didn't meet the requirement that mayoral candidates have to live in the city for two years before running.
Solomon will have a Democratic City Council to work with. After Tuesday's voting, there will be five Democrats and three Republicans on the council.
John Paul Schmidt, Tim Leeds and John Kelleher contributed to this report.