Nelson ‘humbled,’ aims to move Bay City forward
Robert Nelson was “very humbled” by the historic results of Saturday’s runoff election as he won the election to be named mayor for the city of Bay City.
Nelson defeated longtime council member Julie Estlinbaum 830-691 when the final results were announced Saturday evening.
“I would like to thank the citizens of Bay City for their support and confidence,” Nelson told the Tribune following Saturday’s election results.
Nelson won the early voting by a count of 551 votes to Estlinbaum’s 492 votes. When the results were released from Saturday’s count, Nelson garnered 279 votes to Estlinbaum’s 199.
Only 1,493 votes were cast in the runoff election and Nelson also had to overcome a late endorsement by former mayoral candidate Bobby Head for Estlinbaum.
“I am truly humbled by the confidence that the people of Bay City have in me,” Nelson said. “I am going to do the best I can to serve the people of Bay City.”
While he remained confident that the outcome would turn his way, Nelson said he put his trust in the Lord as far as the outcome of the race.
“I prayed about this prior to the election and I followed His direction and I didn’t know how it would come out,” Nelson said. “I trusted Him in whatever way it was supposed to come out.”
Nelson is expected to be sworn into office at this Thursday’s council meeting.
Nelson said he has no agenda as he assumes the mayor’s office in Bay City.
“I was to get together with the other members of city council and make sure that we aligned and on the same page and working together,” Nelson said.
He said one issue that needs to be rectified is the broken road that lies between council and the mayor’s office.
“The mayor and council have not gotten along and that is one of the things that needs to be remedied,” Nelson said. “I want to make sure the council and mayor are working together to be able to move forward.”
Any issues between council and the mayor’s office may have ended with Nelson’s election and May’s decision by city voters to place a city manager into the actual running of the city as well.
“I am not going to point fingers and place blame but it is time to start from this point and move forward,” Nelson said.
Nelson said he has already heard from some of the present council members and is looking forward to working with them to address the issue facing Bay City.
Nelson said he knows the work ahead for him and council will be a challenge including the search for a new city manager for the city.
“I just want to tell them thank you and I appreciate their confidence in me,” Nelson said. “I appreciate your votes. There is a lot of work to be done and it is going to take a lot of effort and some time and I would appreciate their patience as we move forward.”
Nelson is to be sworn into office during Thursday’s meeting of the Bay City Council starting at 7 p.m.