Siegel narrowly hangs on to Whitefish Bay presidency

Summary of municipal elections in North Shore communities

April 2, 2014

Whitefish Bay — Whitefish Bay Village President Julie Siegel has defeated challenger Anne O'Connor by a mere 32 votes.

Siegel received 50 percent of the vote while O'Connor received 49 percent.

The vote totals:

Julie Siegel (i) 1,486

Anne O'Connor 1,454

All vote totals remain unofficial until certified by the board of canvassers, which met after press deadline.

Across Whitefish Bay, voter turned was 31 percent.

"It was way too close for comfort, I'll tell you that," Siegel said Tuesday evening, thanking the voters who supported her.

Siegel said her win is a show of support for the ongoing work of her and other elected officials.

In a statement on her campaign web site, O'Connor thanked her supporters and said her campaign has been a success in that awareness has been increased on a number of village issues., including the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District funding.

"Despite last night's outcome, the O'Connor campaign has already made a difference in the village," O'Connor wrote.

O'Connor added in a Wednesday interview that, despite the defeat, she will continue to be an active resident of Whitefish Bay.

"I've gotten a lot of feedback today that says, 'leadership comes in many forms, and you're still a leader for our community,'" O'Connor said.

In other North Shore contested municipal races:

Brown Deer

Incumbent Terry Boschert and newcomer Jamie Awe edged out challengers Bruce Thomas and Sherry Yusuf on Tuesday to win two places on the Brown Deer Village Board.

Awe and Boschert received 37 and 32 percent of the vote, respectively, while Yusuf and Thomas received 17 and 14 percent, respectively.

The vote totals:

Jamie Awe 941

Terry Boschert (i) 830

Sherry Yusuf 437

Bruce Thomas 366

Across Brown Deer, voter turned was 21 percent.


Mark Gierl defeated Patrick Rochford Tuesday to win the District 5 seat on the Mequon Common Council.

Gierl received 53 percent of the vote while Rochford received 47 percent.

The vote totals:

Mark Gierl 336

Patrick Rochford 297

In Whitefish Bay, Incumbent Tara Serebin and newcomer Will Demet edged out incumbent Garry Davis Tuesday to win two places on the Whitefish Bay Village Board.


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