Eau Claire City Council Results

Eau Claire (WQOW) – It was one of the most heated races for the Eau Claire City Council in recent memory. The winners each picking up a three-year term. All but one challenged incumbent was voted out off office. 

All but one of the city races was contested. Andrew Werthmann ran unopposed in District 5.

In District 1, incumbent Tim Tewalt was defeated by Emily Berge. Berge picked up 62 percent of the vote. Berge has been a mental health counselor since 2006. She said her main focus is to build stronger neighborhoods in our city.

In District 2, challenger Emily Anderson was able to unseat incumbent David Klinkhammer. Anderson has a doctorate in English, and said she wants to draw from her arts background to allow our creative community to thrive. 

In District 3, current Eau Claire City Council Vice President Kathy Mitchell will not continue to serve in that role. She loses to challenger Jeremy Gragert in a 60% – 40% vote. Gragert is involved in a number of area organizations, and campaigned on his desire for Eau Claire to be more aware of the environment.

In District 4, incumbent Bob Van Haden narrowly loses to challenger Jill Christopherson 994-968. Christopherson is the founding president of JONAH of the Chippewa Valley. She will serve a three-year term. 

Also serving a three-year term will be Terry Weld who defeated 21-year-old challenger Zachary Meives for an at-large seat. Weld, an area realtor, was appointed to the council in March of last year. He won 7,157 to 2,031.

Dist. 1 City Council Eau Claire


> Emily Berge 1,122 62%
Tim Tewalt (Inc.) 675 38%
Dist. 2 City Council Eau Claire


> Emily Anderson 1,477 54%
David Klinkhammer (Inc.) 1,278 46%
Dist. 3 City Council Eau Claire


> Jeremy Gragert 1,232 60%
Kathy Mitchell (Inc.) 838 40%
Dist. 4 City Council Eau Claire


> Jill Christopherson 994 51%
Bob Von Haden (Inc.) 968 49%
At-Large City Council Eau Claire


> Terry Weld (Inc.) 7,157 78%
Zachary Meives 2,031 22%

Eau Claire (WQOW) – There are 11 candidates vying for 6 positions on the Eau Claire City Council.

In District 1, incumbent Tim Tewalt is seeking reelection. He was first appointed to the position in 2015, then won the seat in 2016. Tewalt teaches Industrial Mechanics at CVTC, and is a 25-year resident of Eau Claire.

Running against Tewalt is Emily Berge. She said the 2016 election spurred her run, saying she no longer wanted to sit on the sidelines. She said she wants to build stronger neighborhoods in Eau Claire. Berge earned a master’s degree from UW-Stout in mental health counseling in 2006, and has worked in the community as a counselor since.

In District 2, David Klinkhammer (I) is a long-time member of the city council He is seeking another 3-year term.

Opposing Klinkhammer is Emily Anderson. She grew up in Eau Claire and said she wants to draw from her arts background to allow the creative community to thrive.

Running in District 3 is the incumbent Kathy Mitchell against Jeremy Gragert.

Mitchell is the current vice president of city council. She has a PhD in anthropology and is the former chair of the city plan commission and the police and fire commission.

Gragert, 36, works as an independent contractor for Clean Wisconsin. He is also a part of the Wisconsin Bicycle Federation and Third Ward Association. He said is he passionate about environmental stewardship.

In District 4, Bob Von Haden (I) has already served 15 years on city council. Now, he wants to make that at least 18 years. He’s being challenged by Jill Christopherson, the founding president of JONAH of the Chippewa Valley. She is endorsed by AFL-CIO.

Andrew Werthmann is running unopposed in District 5. He was first elected to city council in 2009. He was also elected in 2016 to serve a 4-year term on the Democratic National Committee. 

There are two candidates running for an at-large seat, including incumbent Terry Weld. He is an area realtor. Weld was appointed to this seat in March of 2017. He is also the previous chairman of city plan commission.

Challenging Weld is Zachary Meives, 21. Meives does not have any political experience. He has a degree in criminal justice and calls himself a human rights activist. 

The election is April 3.



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