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Crawford out of Bay race

Feb. 20, 2013

Whitefish Bay - The candidate field for the Whitefish Bay Village Board is down to four, and newcomer Robert Crawford is out of the running.

After Tuesday's primary, incumbent Jay Miller and newcomers Carl Fuda, Kevin McMahon and Ken Wysocky advance to the April 2 election and vie for two seats currently held by Miller and James Roemer, who has filed noncandidacy.

Nearly 2,900 Whitefish Bay voters cast ballots in the trustee race, and the primary drew a 21 percent turnout of Whitefish Bay's 10,306 registered voters. Miller and Fuda brought in 30.8 and 28.1 percent of the vote, respectively. McMahon and Wysocky drew 15.4 and 14.6 percent, respectively. Crawford received 10.2 percent of the vote.

Trustees serve three-year terms and earn $600 annually.

The vote total, according to unofficial results:

Jay Miller (i) 889

Carl J. Fuda 812

Kevin McMahon 444

Ken Wysocky 422

Robert Crawford 295

Miller thanked his supporters and attributed his top spot in the primary to his time as a trustee since 2009.

"I like to think it has to do with the service I've provided as a member of the board, being responsive to constituents' needs," Miller said, adding that he can't let up between now and the spring election. "I never want to take anything for granted."

Second-place finisher Fuda commented that he'll take some time to let the results sink in before hitting the campaign trail around the village. His success, he said, resulted from his knowledge of village-wide topics.

"I continue to study up on the issues of the village, articulate a perspective and keep an open mind," Fuda said. "I think that came across to the voters."

Kevin McMahon, third vote-getter, thanked residents for coming out to vote on a frigid election day, saying he's pleased with his start but has work to do.

"I got my message out to 444 people," said McMahon, adding of his goal of sway more voters, "It's going to be tough. I'll have to decide how I want to handle that."

Fourth-place finisher Ken Wysocky commented that in the run up to the April 2 contest that he'll continue to spread his message in an effort to recruit more voters to his cause.

"It's important that we continue to pursue cost effective, competent, and minimally intrusive government," he said. "To me, that's the bottom line."

Election results remain unofficial until they are certified by the board of canvassers.

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