New Berlin - In a field of five candidates, Alderman David Ament and two-term New Berlin Mayor Jack Chiovatero pulled ahead in Tuesday's primary election for the next mayor of New Berlin.
Ament was the top vote-getter with 2,472 votes, unofficially, with Chiovatero capturing 1,753. With the voter turnout of 6,480 or 22 percent, Ament came away with 38 percent of the ballots cast and Chiovatero 27 percent. They will go on to face off in the April 2 spring election for a four-year mayoral term.
Candidate Mary Claire Lanser, who served one term as mayor from 1993 to 1997, came in a strong third with 22 percent of the votes, or 1,438, unofficially.
Rounding out the ballot were Janet Schulz and Joseph Wieneke who each attracted about 5 percent of the vote with Schulz polling 334 votes and Wieneke 318, again unofficially.
Reacting to coming out on top, Ament said, "The first thing that comes to my mind is that it's humbling to have that kind of a total."
Similarly, Chiovatero said he is looking forward to continuing his efforts to make New Berlin a great place to live and work.
"I'll share my plans for the future to demonstrate that voters made the right choice eight years ago," Chiovatero said.
The vote total, according to unofficial results Tuesday:
David Ament 2,472
Jack Chiovatero (i) 1,753
Mary Claire Lanser 1,438
Janet Schulz 334
Joseph Wieneke 316
Election results remain unofficial until they are certified by the board of canvassers, which will meet Monday.
Because he finished second, Chiovatero said he and his campaign team will analyze the results ward by ward to come up with a strategy to strengthen his position come April. One thing he said he needs to overcome is voters confusing him with actions the Common Council took that voters may not be comfortable with, he said.
Ament said he looks forward to the clarity of having just two candidates in the race so that voters can see the differences between the two.
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