Singer wins at-large post in Whitewater
WHITEWATER In a race between two sitting aldermen, Patrick Singer defeated incumbent Andrew Crone to claim Whitewater's at-large common council seat Tuesday.
The victory means Singer will move from representing one part of the city to serving all of Whitewater. Singer has represented the city's 5th District since 2007 and has been council president for the past five years.
Crone was appointed to the position on an interim basis in November after Councilwoman Marilyn Kienbaum died.
Singer said the transition to a citywide position is a natural one because he often worked on issues that affect all of Whitewater.
"Even representing District 5, I was trying to make sure that all stakeholders in the community on a given issue were heard," he said. "I see myself pretty much continuing what I've already been doing."
As he prepares for the new role, Singer said, one of his top priorities is an effort to "modernize and streamline" Whitewater's zoning code, which he has worked on since 2011.
He also said the city will face the difficult task of maintaining services despite a tight budget.
"The budget's always going to be a challenge, but we have a council that is very pragmatic," he said.
Singer said he plans to run for council president again. The council will decide its next president when new members are sworn in at its April 16 meeting.
UW-Whitewater student Sarah Bregant won an unopposed election to replace Singer in the 5th District.