EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Mayor Lloyd Winnecke easily won his third term in office. No Democrat challenged him in the race, but Independent Steve Ary still got his fair share of votes.
However, the Democrats will keep control of the City Council.
Ron Beane was the only Republican to win an at-large seat. Incumbent Jonathan Weaver will keep his seat, and Democrat Moore Morley barely edging out Gina Robinson Ungar.
It was a packed house at the Democratic watch party at DeLegge’s Tuesday night. Excitement rang out as each new candidate was announced as a winner at the party. Several of the winners, including Jonathan Weaver, Missy Moseby, and Ben Trockmen, didn’t show up at the watch party to give their winning speeches.
We spoke with the Democratic Party Chair earlier Tuesday night and says she was proud that the party won seven of those nine seats.
Some of the biggest topics these candidates say they’re going to tackle the homelessness problem, affordable housing and the relations between cops and the community.
One of those seats won by Alex Burton who says this is the change ward four is looking forward to.
“This is going to be an exciting time for our city. I look forward to working with the Mayor," said Burton. "Not only improving the city of Evansville but specifically the Fourth Ward and making sure we have a strong Fourth Ward so we can have an even stronger city. Moving from tonight it’s going to be a focus on home economics and the future of Evansville.”
It wasn’t the night Republicans wanted in the City Council race, but they’re happy to see Mayor Winnecke get a big win. When he walked in the Republican watch party, he was introduced as the first Republican Mayor to ever be elected to a third term in the city of Evansville.
He says that this makes him feel even stronger about the progress, and what he calls success that he and his administration have had for the last eight years.
Mayor Winnecke also did a lot of campaigning for several of the Republican City Council candidates. Only two Republicans, Justin Elpers and Ron Beane, were elected to the council.
He says it is disappointing, but he hopes to continue his mission for the city with all of the new faces on the council.
“We look forward to working with the new council," said Mayor Winnecke. "I’ve met all of these council members on the campaign trail and I am very confident that we can work in the most collaborative fashion possible to keep Evansville moving on the right path.”
One of those new faces will be Ron Beane. He was elected to the city council at-large. He has been serving as the city of Evansville’s Building Commissioner and tells us he is looking forward to the new opportunity.
“Being new to politics, I had no idea what to expect, and it’s overwhelming," Beane said. "I’ve just had a lot of support from so many people, and it all came to fruition tonight, and I am very proud.”
As for both Beane and Mayor Winnecke, they tell me they are going to enjoy these victories, but it’s back to business and working to move Evansville forward.