Election results are in, and Jessica Rae Stalder, Brian Harrington, Paul Weaver and Erin O’Doherty are Laramie’s newly elected City Council members. Bryan Shuster also won his reelection bid for Ward 3.
The four-year seat available in Ward 1 went to Stalder, who secured the win with 1,563 votes.
“I’m just absolutely humbled by everyone that supported me, the voters and also everyone in my tribe,” Stalder said. “I’m ready to get to work.”
Current mayor Andi Summerville lost her reelection by 167 votes, receiving 1,396 total. She did not respond to the Boomerang’s request for comment before the deadline.
The available 2-year term in Ward 1 saw candidate Brian Harrington the winner with 1,664 of the votes. His opponent, Victor Bershinsky, lost with 1,323 votes. Harrington said he’s excited to “get to work on campaign promises” he made.
“I am incredibly excited about this, and I think more than anything I’m really humbled by the amount of support I’ve received from the community,” Harrington said. “I’m excited to get to work.”
Bershinsky did not respond to the Boomerang’s request for comment before the deadline.
In Ward 3, two seats were available. Candidates Erin O’Doherty and Bryan Shuster won with 2,028 and 1,647 votes, respectively.
“I’m grateful that people have confidence in me,” O’Doherty said. “I’m grateful that people voted in city council races because a lot of people leave that blank, and it’s important because the city affects our lives every day.”
Current councilman Shuster said he’s excited to see three new faces in council.
“I’m happy I’ve been elected for another term; this is my fourth term,” Shuster said. “Some of the results surprised me, some of the results didn’t. As the council sits right now, there will be three new faces.”
The other Ward 3 candidate, Karl McCraken received 1,117 votes, and although Christina Maki dropped out of the race, she received 827 votes. McCraken did not respond to the Boomerang’s request for comment before the deadline.
Paul Weaver ran uncontested for Ward 2 and received 2,624 votes. He did not respond to the Boomerang’s request for comment before deadline.