Izzy Reilly, center, introduces her father, Shawn
Reilly, as the next mayor of Waukesha during an
election night party at Generations at 5 Points.
WAUKESHA - Waukesha
has elected a new mayor. Local attorney Shawn Reilly defeated incumbent
Mayor Jeff Scrima by 2,257 votes.
Reilly received 5,899
votes (62 percent) compared to Scrima's 3,642 votes (38 percent). Vote
totals are unofficial until canvassed.
Reilly, who spent the
evening surrounded by supporters at Generations at 5 Points in downtown
Waukesha, said he's very happy, but not altogether surprised with the
I'm humbled by the
amount of support I've gotten and extremely grateful, and I'll show how
grateful I am by representing the city the best way I can, Reilly said.
I know I have a lot of work to do, but I also think the city will be
very happy with my ability to work together with everyone.
Reilly has been
publicly critical of Scrima's administration from the beginning of his
campaign, slamming Scrima for everything from not attending a visit from
President Barack Obama to his original stance against Lake Michigan
water. Reilly ran on a platform of No Drama. Just work.
Scrima sent the
following comment via text message: We ran a positive campaign, and I
am thankful for my family, supporters and everyone who came out to vote.
We are proud of what we have achieved the past four years and still want
Waukesha to continue this upward trajectory.
Earlier in the
evening, a Freeman photographer was asked to leave a gathering of Scrima
and his supporters at Taylor's People's Park in downtown Waukesha.
A lifetime Waukesha
resident, Reilly has been working at downtown law firm Hippenmeyer,
Reilly, Moodie & Blum since 1989. He's been the village attorney in both
Mukwonago and Eagle, and serves on several nonprofit boards. He formerly
served as president of the now-defunct Business Improvement District
Board In his spare time, Reilly enjoys competing in barbecue
competitions and spending time with his daughters.
The first thing Reilly
said he's going to do as mayor is get to know everything there is to
know about Waukesha's application for Lake Michigan water.
My main goal is to
make sure the application is the best it can be, and to obtain Lake
Michigan water for Waukesha's citizens, he said. I'll also be
listening to everyone and working with people to make Waukesha better.
Reilly will be sworn
in at the April 15 Common Council meeting.
Shawn Reilly - 5,899 votes (62%)
Jeff Scrima (i) - 3,642 votes (38%)
*Vote totals are unofficial until canvassed.