The last 24 hours have certainly been a whirlwind. Election day came, along with an early spring winter storm, and when the results were counted, I won the honor of serving as your city councilperson.

When I started the campaign almost fours months prior, I had no idea where it would lead. All I knew is that I was in it to win, and that defeating a long term incumbent can be a difficult task. But I ran a good clean campaign, and made an effort to get to know the community, the residents of district 2, and most importantly: my neighbors.

The results were surprising, I won by an 11 point margin:

Alderperson, District 2
(VOTE FOR) 1
(WITH 4 OF 4 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
Michael J. Martens . . . . . . . 212   55.21
Romey Wagner . . . . . . . . . 170   44.27
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 2  .52

I want to thank Romey Wagner for his service and dedication over the last eight years. His passion for public service is a good model to ascribe to, and I know that I will have some big shoes to fill. I also wish him well as our new County Supervisor for district 2. The city needs strong voices on the county board, and he will certainly be able to fill that role.

Now the task at hand is getting down to work. The new city council term starts on April 17 with a swearing in and organizational meeting, and the first full meeting of the new council begins on Tuesday April 24. I know there will be quite a bit of learning that will take place in the coming weeks; but also be assured that I’m also prepared to slip into the role. I’ve attended every council meeting and a majority of committee meetings over the last four months.

I want you to stay engaged, please follow my facebook page and subscribe to my email list. Here on my website I’ll continue to publish highlights of committee and council meetings and give you the inside view and analysis of what’s going on at city hall. I’ll also continue to walk the neighborhoods of our district, to get first hand knowledge of the going’s on and be a visible face of your local government.

I’d like to thank my friends for their support, my neighbors willing to volunteer, my family, and especially wife Christine for the encouragement to run. I’d also like to thank all the organizations that gave me endorsements and Wisconsin Progress for providing the training on how to run for public office.

Thank you so much for your support, I really appreciate it. My commitment to you is to make Wausau a better place to live and work.

 

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