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Flomo ousts incumbent Skog in Hampton mayor race

Paye Flomo is the new mayor of Hampton, beating out incumbent Tim Skog and another challenger, Kristina Waltman.

Flomo got 41 percent of 316 votes cast in Hampton, to Skog's 34 percent and Waltman's 24 percent.

Flomo said his goals for the city are to bring about better communication between residents and elected officials, and to get a Hampton Fire Department up and running, which he said could happen by spring.

A native of Liberia and 22-year resident of the United States, Flomo talked about his deep appreciation for the U.S.

"America is the melting pot of the world," he said. "Anything you dream of in America, if you work for it, you can achieve it."

On Wednesday morning, Flomo said he was excited to get to work and honored that voters chose him.

"It feels like a dream," he said. "It's a shock to me."

In Hampton City Council races, John Knetter, with 168 votes, and Jerry Huddleston with 158 votes, were elected to two-year terms.