Voters return Schroeder, elect newcomer Phillips in Delavan
It was an election that featured Facebook sniping and accusations of illegal use of a city email account.
Now it's over, and at least one of the winners is relieved.
Voters in Delavan Aldermanic District 3 returned incumbent Ryan Schroeder, 38, of 510 S. Seventh St., to the seat he has held for the past two years.
Schroeder defeated Chris Lindloff, 36, of 519 E. Geneva St., Delavan, by more than 100 votes.
"I am deeply humbled by the outcome of the election, that people of the 3rd District came out so overwhelmingly in favor of me," Schroeder said. "Now, it's time to get back to the real work at hand."
The campaign included exchanges over Facebook, including accusations that Schroeder was using his city email address to campaign.
Schroeder said he included his city email address on his Facebook page for constituents with questions about city issues—not to encourage them to vote for him.
Schroeder, who works for state Rep. Josh Zepnick, said his boss has a strict policy about any campaign work on state equipment or on state time.
Schroeder said he's just glad it's over.
"I'm just glad to get back to the real work at hand," Schroeder said. "It's my pledge to continue to serve everyone in my district, even if they didn't vote for me."
In a quieter race, voters in Delavan's Aldermanic District 2 picked newcomer Christopher Phillips, 37, of 306 N. Fifth Street, Delavan over Ronald Grair, 67, of 301 N. Seventh St., Delavan. The two men were running to replace Dave Kilkenny, who resigned from the council earlier this year.