Pfaff earns 2nd mayoral term | News
City says 27.9 percent of residents turned out to polls Tuesday
In Tuesday’s Spring Election, incumbent Mayor Shawn Pfaff beat out his challenger to keep his position as Fitchburg’s leader.
Challenger Jay Allen -- who previously served as mayor from 2009-2011 and was succeeded by Pfaff -- lost in all four districts, with a combined total of 1,209 votes compared to Pfaff’s 2,974 votes.
In a news statement Tuesday night, Pfaff said he was pleased to be reelected.
"I am humbled and honored that Fitchburg voters reelected me by a sizeable margin,” Pfaff said. “It validates that over the past two years, we have focused on important issues. I look forward to the next two years making Fitchburg a better connected community."
In the contested alder races:
- Dorothy Krause claimed District 1 Seat 1 over Jason Williams with 332-231 votes
- District 2’s Seat 3 went to Richard Bloomquist 706-684 in a close race versus Cora Higginbotham
- District 3 Seat 5 will be held by Jason Gonzalez, who narrowly earned the win against Pat McGaw, 285-270
- District 4 Seat 7 went to Steve Arnold with 794 votes, beating out Michael Gernetzke who came close with 643 votes
For the Verona Area School District:
- Ken Behnke won School Board Member at large, beating Patricia McPartland 588-536
- Wayne Strong beat Dean Loumos for Madison Metropolitan School Board Member Seat 3 with 924-706
- MMSD member Seat 4 went to James Howard, who beat Greg Packnett by a landslide 1,143-395
- MMSD member Seat 5 went to T.J. Mertz, who beat Sarah Manski 964-565.
- Oregon School District School Board Member in Area I was taken by Rae Vogeler, who won with 273 votes beating Dan Krause (204 votes), Pamela Hughes (101 votes) and Lynda Farrar (168 votes)
On the county-wide referendum asking if the state should continue to allow people to register to vote at the polls on Election Day, Fitchburg voters overwhelmingly chose yes, 3,281-949. County-wide result was also yes.
According to the city, 27.9 percent of Fitchburg residents turned out to vote in Tuesdays polls.