Reilly wins
Newcomer defeats incumbent Scrima by 2,257 votes

By Sarah Pryor - Freeman Staff

April 2, 2014

Izzy Reilly, center, introduces her father, Shawn Reilly, as the next mayor of Waukesha during an election night party at Generations at 5 Points.
Charles Auer/Freeman Staff

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 result.

“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.

Waukesha mayor*

Shawn Reilly - 5,899 votes (62%)

Jeff Scrima (i) - 3,642 votes (38%)

*Vote totals are unofficial until canvassed.