Spring 2014 Election

Delavan aldermanic races go to incumbents

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Frank Schultz
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

DELAVAN—Voters have given decisive election victories to two veteran Delavan City Council members, Wm. Bruce DeWitt and Jeff Johnson.

Neither DeWitt nor Johnson could be reached for comment Tuesday night.

DeWitt defeated Sam Riggs with 69 percent of the vote.

DeWitt, who has served on the council off and on for more than a two decades, said before the election that debt reduction is one of his primary concerns.

The council has reduced debt three years running and is doing all road and new equipment purchasing without borrowing, DeWitt said.

Both DeWitt and Riggs had expressed concern about the rising costs of water and sewer.

Riggs had expressed concerns about the costs of unfilled developments. He called for placing a sunset clause on building permits in residential developments where the city has provided streets, water and sewers but have not been developed.

DeWitt, 60, is a financial adviser and partner at Arris Capital Management. He served on the council from 1983-88, 1994-98 and 2009-present.

DeWitt represents District 2 in the north central part of the city and the area around Comus Lake.

Johnson garnered 64 percent of the vote to defeat Ken Wargo.

Johnson had said his goals were public safety, downtown revitalization and economic growth.

Wargo had emphasized his work in restoring the Civil War monument and economic development.

Johnson represents District 3, in the southwestern part of the city.

Johnson, 57, is a mechanical designer at H.O. Bostrom. He has served on the council since 2006. He has been council president for the past four years.

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