MARSHFIELD, Wis. -- Marshfield Mayor Chris Meyer will remain in office. The three-term incumbent won a fourth two-year term on Tuesday, defeating challenger Dorothy Schnitzler with 1,729 votes to her 503 votes.
Meyer says he’s both humbled and honored to be elected for a fourth term in office. “I think we’ve done a lot of really good things over the last six years. We’ve got a common council that is strong and works very well together with lots of different ideas, and we generally come to a consensus and compromise. I think the voters recognize that and know that we’re moving in the right direction.”
The Mayor is pleased to have the opportunity to continue working for Marshfield, and Meyer is glad the election is over. “It’s a job that’s incredibly gratifying. It takes an incredible amount of energy as well, so at this point, I’m just happy to be through the election and looking forward to continuing what we’ve been doing over the last six years.”
Meyer says he won because of his track record as a “team player.” According to Meyer, “Over the last 6 years, I think in almost every case we’ve listened to constituents; we’ve listened to different shareholders; we’ve lead as a Common Council with the Mayor at the helm in making decisions that are in the best interest of the community long-term.” Meyer said during his next term there’s still a lot to do whether it be beating the heroin problem, working on the city’s library project, or promoting economic development in the city. Moving forward, he says there’ll need to be more attention paid to maintaining the city’s infrastructure, including a decision of whether to renovate or build a new City Hall.
Very few mayors in Marshfield have been elected to a fourth term. Meyer joins that short list. The last mayor to win four elections was Marilyn Hardacre between 1978 and 1986.
The Mayor's office was the only contested race in Marshfield--which saw 22-percent of its 10,300 registered voters go to the polls.
WSAU’s Terry Pezl and WDLB’s Mike Warren contributed to this report.