Michelle DeYoe, left, with campaign manager Chris
Smith, right, raise their glasses in a toast with
supporters at a Smith's home.
DELAFIELD - In a very close race Tuesday,
Alderwoman Michele DeYoe defeated political newcomer
Kent Attwell for Delafield mayor.
DeYoe earned 935 votes or 53 percent, while Attwell had 825 votes or
47 percent. There were six write-in votes. Results are unofficial until
canvassed. DeYoe will replace Ed McAleer, who did not seek re-election
after seven non-consecutive terms as mayor.
During her campaign, DeYoe touted her experience serving on the
Common Council representing District 4 and on several city and county
DeYoe, who was unreachable for comment Tuesday, also won re-election
as alderwoman against challenger Laura Schult. If elected mayor and
alderwoman, DeYoe had said she would accept the mayor's position. If
that should occur, the Common Council could appoint someone to fill the
aldermanic District 4 seat or hold a special election.
At times, the race between DeYoe and Attwell, who serves on the Plan
Commission and is chairman of the Lake Welfare Committee, became
somewhat rough and tumble.
Tuesday night, Attwell spent the evening watching the results come in
at the Delafield Hotel.
He acknowledged it was a close race and sounded disappointed after
the results were reported.
"I just want to thank my supporters and I look forward to improving
the city of Delafield," Attwell said.
He didn't answer whether he would run for office again.
While campaigning, DeYoe had said the question she was asked the most
was where she stands on dredging.
"The answer that I have been giving people is that we do need to do
dredging there are areas that need dredging I do not deny that," DeYoe
had said, however, she wants to take a more comprehensive approach to
She said she recognizes that issue also concerns other city
departments, as well as other communities.
Last week, DeYoe said if she were elected mayor, on the first day she
would set up appointments with various department heads and chairs of
committees and ask them, when appropriate, to develop their own
long-range plans with her.
"Let's talk about where we want to be in the next few years and how
to get there," she said.
The Board of Canvassers will meet at 8:30 a.m. Monday, if needed.
181 absentee ballots processed with 38 still withstanding, according
to the clerk's office.