Mayor Jeff Scrima will have to step aside later this month as municipal attorney Shawn Reilly won the 2014 mayoral election Tuesday night.
Reilly had 5,899 votes to Scrima’s 3,642 votes, which was 62 percent of the vote. Reilly was the top vote-getter in the February primary election.
Results are unofficial until canvassing
“It has been a lot of hard work for me and my supporters, who went above and beyond,” Reilly said during his campaign party at a packed Generations at 5 Points. “I am overwhelmed by how much help I received. It’s humbling and I plan on doing a great job for the city.”
Reilly had questioned Scrima’s leadership abilities throughout the campaign season. He received support from the majority of the Common Council, which Reilly said showed the council had lost faith in the mayor. However, Scrima maintained that his leadership style was about maintaining checks and balances in government to make the city stronger.
“We ran a positive campaign, and I am thankful for my family, supporters and everyone who came out to vote,” Scrima said in a text message to Patch. “We are proud of what we have achieved the past four years, and still want Waukesha to continue this upward trajectory.”
Meanwhile, the majority of the predictions on the Waukesha Patch Facebook page about the Waukesha mayoral race outcomes were correct in guessing that Reilly would be elected.