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Vialpando sets his sights on first term as Vale mayor

Tom Vialpando outside Vale City Hall on Thursday, Nov. 5. He was elected mayor and takes office in January 2021. (The Enterprise/Les Zaitz)

VALE – Tom Vialpando used to think Vale was a pretty small place.

Until he ran for mayor.

“When you walk it, it grows in size,” said Vialpando.

Vialpando knows more about the streets and driveways of Vale now than he ever thought was possible. That’s because for several weeks leading up to the vote for mayor, he walked around town, handing out brochures and talking to people.

Vialpando’s efforts paid off Nov. 3 when he defeated incumbent Vale mayor Mike McLaughlin by 22 votes. The final, unofficial, tally showed Vialpando won 371-349.

“I am very excited to work with . . .