Veteran Alderman Bob Morgan of the Fourth District was ousted in Tuesday's election by challenger Charlie Shaw, who secured 71 percent of the votes cast.
According to the preliminary results, Shaw earned 315 votes to Morgan’s 125. About 17 percent of registered voters in the district cast ballots for one of the two candidates.
Diane Coenen said that activity at the polls was “slow and steady” and there were no reported issues.
Morgan and several other alderman pouring out of Tuesday night’s Common Council meeting crowded around a whiteboard displaying the results at city hall.
“I lost to a very nice gentleman and I hope he does his best,” Morgan said.
Charlie Shaw said he and his wife were celebrating his victory at their home.
“We’re having a lot of fun over here,” he said.
He said Morgan stopped by to congratulate him on being named the new alderman, a gesture he said was much appreciated.
He accounted his success to tireless campaigning.
“I think the reason it worked out is that I went door to door and talked to as many people that were home,” he said. “I knocked on pretty much every door in the district.”
Alderman Tom Strey of the Second District joked at the council meeting about Morgan’s campaign signs, which were ubiquitous in the days leading up to the election.
“Alderman Morgan, I want to thank you for running in all four districts,” he said. “You had so many signs, all different sizes, half of them didn’t even say what you’re running for.”
Both candidates are lifelong residents of Oconomowoc. Morgan was first elected District Four Alderman in 2004. Shaw is a retired Waukesha County park supervisor.