Election Results: Michalski Narrowly Wins Re-Election
Many other races were decided Tuesday besides mayor. The results included Steve Taylor's election to the Milwaukee County Board and Sheryl Cerniglia's return to the Oak Creek-Franklin School Board.
A lot of races on Oak Creek residents' ballots made for a long election night Tuesday.
But when the dust settled, all three Oak Creek aldermen facing re-election prevailed, a political newcomer won the city clerk job and a familar face returned to the Oak Creek-Franklin School Board.
Those were just a few of the results from Tuesday. Voters also picked the city treasurer, their representative to the Milwaukee County Board and voted in the Republican presidential primary and county comptroller and judicial races.
In the 6th District, encompassing the southwest side of the city, incumbent Alderman Tom Michalski staved off challenger Chris Guzikowski, winning by a 19-vote margin.
According to unofficial results, Michalski got 51 percent of the vote (372 votes) compared to Guzikowski's 49 percent (353).
Michalski finished a distant second in the primary, when he was also running for mayor, but came back to retain his seat and win another two-year term.
Two other aldermen won back their seats a little more comfortably.
2nd District Alderman Dan Bukiewicz (494 votes) defeated challenger Zachary Johnson (236) with 68 percent of the vote.
4th District Alderman Michael Toman (825 votes) earned 73 percent of the vote against challenger Rosemarie Annonson (307) and write-in candidate Steve Kuzma (65).
In the race for Oak Creek city clerk, Catherine Roeske (3,571 votes) beat out LeAnn Launstein (2,545) with 58 percent of the vote.
Roeske was in her first run for public office, while Launstein is a former Milwaukee County supervisor who was recalled in 2002 following the county pension scandal.
Barbara Guckenberger (3,794 votes) won another term as Oak Creek city treasurer, getting 64 percent of the vote against challenger Tony Paladino (2,141).
The exact totals were a little unclear late Tuesday, but Kathleen Borchardt was the top vote-getter in the race for Oak Creek-Franklin School Board and Sheryl Cerniglia is back after a one-year absence.
Cerniglia finished second ahead of Brian Kaminski, who was appointed to the board in December. Residents voted for two of the three candidates.
The school district includes part of Franklin; those totals were not available to Oak Creek Patch late Tuesday but WTMJ-TV reported that Cerniglia finished with 3,043 votes, ahead of Kaminski with 2,864.
In the race for Milwaukee County supervisor, Franklin Alderman Steve Taylor (5,083 votes) got 57 percent of the vote to defeat Oak Creek Alderman Ken Gehl (3,882), according to Fox 6.
Gehl edged Taylor in Oak Creek by 86 votes, but Taylor dominated in Franklin and Hales Corners to win the seat.
Look for more on these races as well as other results Wednesday on Oak Creek Patch.