Watertown Residents Elect New Faces
by Jill Johnson
June 20, 2013 6:04 PM
There's been a changing of the guard so to speak in Watertown. After elections, residents will be seeing several new faces representing the city.
Watertown Mayor Steve Thorson said, "The folks said they wanted change and they got it."
The City of Watertown got a change alright. In Tuesday night's city election, residents elected a new mayor. Former Watertown City Councilman Steve Thorson received 65 percent of the vote over incumbent Gary Williams.
Thorson said, "There's about 8 to 9,000 houses in Watertown and my wife and I, we walked every night and we just knocked on door after door after door and just asked folks for help in this election."
His efforts paid off, but the same couldn't be said for three out of the four incumbents running for city council. Out of the ten City Council seats, five were up for grabs and only one incumbent, Bill Rieffenberger, won.
Rieffenberger said, "We'll work with the new group that's coming in and I'm just happy they feel that way."
One of the seats, which was Thorson's, was uncontested. The other three incumbents were beaten by large margins. The winners received 82, 76 and 63 percent of the vote.
Rieffenberger said, "I thought things were going to be closer. I'm not necessarily surprised end result but I did think it was going to be closer. It seemed like there was a pretty widespread margin there."
Rieffenberger says he wasn't surprised by the end result because those who were elected may be new to the council, but they're very well known to the residents of Watertown.
"I think it just happened to be the people that stepped up to run, they've been involved in so many things in the past that people knew them and wanted to see what they could do," said Rieffenberger.