NEW BERLIN – The election for Village of New Berlin mayor came down to just two votes in a closely-contested race in which the incumbent decided against retiring in the wake of a political row and launched a write-in campaign.
In total, 137 votes were cast in the race for mayor, with current Trustee Wade Schrag winning the post with 67 votes over incumbent Mayor Carol Riley’s 65 write-ins, reported the village’s clerk office Wednesday night.
With the election captured by only two votes, clerk Diann Davisson also reported that four write-ins for Riley had been written in the trustee’s slot on the ballot and were disqualified in the mayoral race.
“It’s one of the closest races I think I’ll ever see,” she said.
Davisson said there are 533 registered voters in the village, which equates to a voter turnout rate of 25.52 percent.