Early Results Show Incumbents Struggling In Watertown City Counc

Watertown City Council Primary: Jennings Apparently Out

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Watertown City Councilman Steve Jennings will apparently not be able to seek re-election.

With all precincts reporting, Jennings received only 13 percent of the vote, placing fifth in the primary. Only the top four candidates will go on to seek two seats on the city council this November. 

We tried to reach out to Jennings Tuesday night, but he didn't return our calls for comment.

Political newcomer Lisa Ruggiero was the top vote-getter.

"They obviously want change, they want something different and the results right now are showing that. SO I think people want new people on the council," said Ruggiero.

She's followed by Ryan Henry-Wilkinson and Cliff Olney.

"I think everybody's responded to my message of protecting government services and wanting to be able to elect a strong executive, somebody who will be accountable to the voters and someone who represents their values," said Henry-Wilkinson.

"It appears as though my message has been resonating with some of the folks that are out voting," said Olney. 

This is Olney and Henry-Wilkinson’s second run for city council.

Incumbent Teresa Macaluso came in fourth place, receiving 14 percent of the vote, meaning she will be able to seek re-election in November.

"The people have spoken and they want a change and they'll get a change. Disappointing because you try, you know, to do the best you can and when you can't pull it off, you can't pull it off," said Macaluso.

There are 100 absentee ballots in the council race. Those ballots will be counted September 18.

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