Ruggiero, Henry-Wilkinson Win Watertown City Council RacePosted: Updated:
According to unofficial election results, there will be two new faces on the Watertown City Council.
Political newcomer Lisa Ruggiero and Ryan Henry-Wilkinson, who ran unsuccessfully two years ago, have won seats on the council.
Henry-Wilkinson received 2,185 votes, while Ruggiero got 2,169.
"It feels like I've completed something," Henry-Wilkinson said. "Two years ago people said don't give up, keep going, get your name out there."
"This is great news and I hope that the city of Watertown can be rest assured that we'll have new people with new ideas that will be working for them," Ruggiero said.
Incumbent Teresa Macaluso she won't be returning to city hall in 2018 as an elected official.
"Unfortunately, I couldn't convince the people in this community," Macaluso said, "and let's just hope that from here on in it goes in the direction that the community wants it to."
Challenger Cliff Olney was new to the race this season, but is keeping a positive attitude despite coming up short in the election.
"I wanted to force some issues to the forefront," Olney said. "I wanted the people to start thinking about what's possible here and we can see tonight that the people have decided that we need to go in a new direction and I'm glad for that."
The other incumbent, Steve Jennings, didn't make it past the primary so he ran a write-in campaign. There were 490 write-in votes.