- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 11, 2014

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - Voters in Williston have elected City Commissioner Howard Klug as the next mayor of the western North Dakota oil boomtown.

Klug bested entrepreneur Marcus Jundt with nearly 76 percent of the vote.

Klug has been on the City Commission for the past six years. He was a dishwasher at the El Rancho Motel in high school and is now part owner.

Klug says he wants to continue on the path to development and welcomes newcomers but has a less grandiose vision than his opponents.

Klug’s main opponent was Jundt, who received 19 percent of the vote. Jundt is a development-minded entrepreneur who says his vision was to turn Williston into “the emerald city of the north.”

Outsider Jim Purkey gained almost 5 percent of the vote.

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