Eau Claire (WQOW) – The city spoke with votes on Tuesday. Later this month, fresh and familiar faces will be sworn into Eau Claire’s City Council.
“I’m humbled and proud,” said Terry Weld, who will now lead the governing body. “Thankful for their support in every way shape or form.”
Weld defeated Andrew Werthmann by nearly 600 votes.
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“I have a lot of respect for Andrew and his commitment to this community,” Weld said. “He spent 10 years serving this city. So, I think that’s admirable to say the least.”
Werthmann will continue to serve on the council. Weld said he will spend some time getting into his new position, and meet with his team to prepare for the years ahead.
“That’s really important because it is a job that you jump right into,” Weld said.
Weld said he wants to keep the momentum going by continuing to develop affordable housing solutions. Kate Beaton, reelected for her third term on the council, is on board too.
“We represented about 20 different policies from the Affordable Housing Task Force about a month ago,” Beaton said. “So, we’re going to be working on implementing those policies over the next months and years.”
Beaton said she will also be working on her sustainability initiatives.
One of the council’s three new members is Laura Benjamin. She said she’s the first transgender woman elected to office in Wisconsin. Benjamin wants to focus on fostering entrepreneurship.
“I think that we had a lot of great conversations during the campaign about how we can address entrepreneurship opportunities, how we can foster this idea of economic gardening and really create great opportunities for new businesses to start up here in Eau Claire,” Benjamin said.
The three other council members elected on Tuesday night are newcomer John Lor, former member David Klinkhammer and current council member Catherine Emmanuelle. They will be sworn in April 16.
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