DeYoe defeats Attwell in close race
Only 110 votes separated Delafield mayoral candidates

By Katherine Michalets - Special to The Freeman

April 2, 2014

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 commissions.

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 lake welfare.

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. There were

181 absentee ballots processed with 38 still withstanding, according to the clerk's office.

Delafield mayor

Kent Attwell 825 47%

Michele DeYoe 935 53%