WAUPUN - "I feel relief," said Jodi Steger about her re-election as Waupun's mayor. "I also feel appreciation to my constituents for the confidence they've shown in me. I'm looking forward to the business at hand."
In Tuesday's election 1,480 votes were cast and Steger received 897 votes to challenger Jay Graffs 579 votes.
This was Graff's second run for mayor.
"I would like thank all those that supported me over the last four months. Elections can be very emotional and no one can say we did not do our best. I took the lessons learned from the last election and built on them. I went door to door, and put up signs, but somehow the vision I had wasn't communicated that well. I have no one to blame but myself."
In a real squeaker of an upset, council president Pete Kaczmarski lost his 2nd District seat to Dan Ganz by one vote. There were 100 votes cast, 50 for Ganz, 49 for Kaczmarski and one write in vote.
Last year Ganz led a campaign to recall Mayor Jodi Steger over the issue of city manager Gary Rogers. Ganz wanted him fired.
Tuesday night he said, "I'm excited for the city of Waupun. The last year was difficult for me and now it's time to move forward."
When asked how he feels about Steger being mayor, he said he has no problem with what happened in the past, and he's looking forward to working with her.
"We can work together," he said.
In the 4th District incumbent Steve Bastian held onto his seat, 148 votes to challenger Dale Andrew who got 101 votes.
In the 6th District Nancy Vanderkin won with 156 votes to challenger Wally Real Jr's 105 votes.
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In the Waupun Area School District, Glen Wilson who ran unopposed received 1,724 votes. In the town's of Alto and Trenton Bill Bruins defeated Jamie Marwitz 1,022 to 955. In the town's of Chester, Springvale, Oakfield and Waupun, incumbent Roger Shregardus defeated Lillian Possin 1,055 to 815.