Voters in the city of Nixa overwhelmingly supported keeping Mayor Brian Steele in place.
A recall petition called on the removal of Steele over a coronavirus face mask mandate he instituted last year, Springfield Business Journal previously reported.
Of the 3,266 votes registered at the special election yesterday, 2,458, or 75.3%, voted against recalling Steele, according to the unofficial results from the Christian County clerk's office.
"I want to thank everyone who supported me through this process – my friends, the members of the City Council and all the community members who helped in the effort," Steele said in a statement. "I am excited to move past this and continue with the exciting projects and new growth we are seeing across the Nixa community."
Had the recall measure passed, Steele would have been removed upon certification of the ballot results. Steel's term ends in April 2023, according to past reporting.
Steele ordered the mask mandate in October 2020 and extended it in December before lifting the order at the end of April.
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