New member elected to Edgerton council
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Edgerton City Council
Alderperson No. 1
Ron Webb (I) 207
Matt McIntyre 120
Alderperson No. 2
Dave Thomas (I) 213
John Werkmeister 69
Alderperson No. 3
Chris Wellnitz 217
Kenneth Westby (I) 121
EDGERTON Things just got shaken up a little on the Edgerton City Council.
The big change: Incumbent Alderman Matt McIntyre, a longtime fixture at Edgerton City hall, lost in a bid to hold onto his seat on the council to incumbent Alderman Ron Webb.
Webb, who pounded McIntyre 2 to 1 in the election to hold onto his District 1 seat, said he didn't want to speak ill of his McIntyre, who also lost in a simultaneous bid Tuesday to unseat Mayor Chris Lund.
"I'll just say it will be a whole different ballgame with Matt gone," said Webb, declining further comment.
Webb, a longtime member of the council says he sees the challenges the same as always.
"It's the same old thing every year. It's the budget," Webb said. "How can you stretch what we've got without causing undue stress to our constituents? It's a never-ending battle."
David Thomas, who served a one-year appointed term on the council before losing in a re-election bid last spring, drubbed opponent Jon Werkmeister for the 2nd District seat.
Thomas was so excited to win, he cracked a can of beer at home.
"That's rare for me. I'm still working on the 12-pack I got a year ago," Thomas said. "But I'm celebrating. I'm elated."
Thomas, 75, said "it'll be a long, hard road," but he plans to push for the city to develop a senior center downtown. He said it would boost economic activity downtown and give people his age some quality activities.
Chris Wellnitz, who beat out five-year council member Ken Westby for the 3rd District seat, said he plans to put the city's budget process under as much scrutiny as he can.
"I'm looking forward to sitting back and doing a lot of learning," said Wellnitz.