Mequon - Jeff Hansher and John Leszczynski advanced to the general election for the 4th District aldermanic seat on the Mequon Common Council.
The two newcomers beat Cherry Lange, who was also new to the campaign trail. Incumbent John Wirth announced his noncandidacy.
Leszczynski received 163 votes, or 47.38 percent. Hansher received 112 votes or 32.56 percent. Lange received 64 votes or 18.6 percent. Out of the 2,330 registered voters in District 4, 344 turned out to vote - a 14.8 percent turnout.
The general election is April 2. Council members earn $1,800 annually and serve three-year terms.
John Leszczynski 163
Jeff Hansher 112
Cherry Lange 64
Leszczynski, 49, is a member of the Mequon Planning Commission and owner of Rustic Retreat Log Homes. Hansher, 49, is a teacher at Jefferson Elementary School in Wauwatosa with a master's degree in school administration.
Looking toward the general election, Hansher is hoping residents take the time to learn about the candidates and get out and vote.
"That's the one key thing - that I want people to vote because the person who is the alderman will make important decisions in this district," Hansher said, referencing recent discussions around low-income housing. "I want them to know the issues, meet John and myself and go out and vote."
Leszczynski is also hoping a candidate forum will be scheduled to discuss the issues facing Mequon.
"I am looking forward to being involved in local government because what I've seen so far on the Planning Commission is that on the local level it's very civil and people get along regardless of their disagreements at times," he said. "It's not personal, it's not ugly, it's not divided and I look forward to being part of a system where they can agree to disagree at times, but try to find the best solution for the city."
In talking with residents, Hansher said people in District 4 have concerns about a proposal for affordable housing in the area, with a fear that it could lower property values. He said it is the connections with people that will make the difference in the election.
Leszczynski has also been taking the time to talk with people in his district, listening to issues they have. Concerns over growth have also come up. He said he is trying hard to listen to residents, which is something he will continue to do if elected.
"It's just the start of it," he said.
Election results remain unofficial until they are certified by the board of canvassers.
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