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Thomas named Bonanzaville mayor

Jay Thomas of WDAY AM Radio accepts the honorary title of Bonanzaville Mayor on May 1 in West Fargo. Michael Vosburg

Jay Thomas will serve a second term as honorary mayor of Bonanzaville after he was re-elected with a tight victory Thursday night.

Thomas, a WDAY-AM Radio host who served as the first mayor of Bonanzaville after he was elected in 2013 beat out four other candidates to win a one-year term as part of the Cass County Historical Society museum’s largest fundraiser of the year. WDAY-TV anchor Rebecca Lebak came in second place, while Greg Mastrud, Fargo market president of First International Bank and Trust and radio personalities Dave Jacobs of 107.9 The Fox and conservative radio talk-show host Scott Hennen rounded out the mayoral field.

“The candidates put up a good campaign, but when push comes to shove, I guess I just know how to get it done,” Thomas said. “This was nice, and I feel like it really ties into my commitment for the city and for Bonanzaville, because that place is a gem.”

Interim Bonanzaville Director Emily Wehlander said Thursday that Thomas’ lead over Lebak was within 50 votes.

The final tally was:  Jay Thomas: 3,184, Rebecca Lebak: 3,143, Dave Jacobs: 1,509, Greg Mastrud: 1,004, Scott Hennen: 120

The May 1 inaugural dinner raised a total of $15,325.

The election was open to the public with each vote costing $1. The proceeds from the mayoral race are used to support Bonanzaville, a non-profit organization run by the Cass County Historical Society.