District 1 voters narrow field
Jakubczyk, Kurkowski take primary election; Vollmer defeated
Oak Creek - In a hotly contested and close race, incumbent Alderman Dan Jakubczyk and challenger Steven Kurkowski will be moving on to compete in the April 2 general election.
The two were the top vote-getters in Tuesday's primary, beating challenger Shawn Vollmer.
Only 45 votes separated Jakubczyk and Kurkowski, and a mere nine votes put Shawn Vollmer in the bottom.
Voter turnout was less than 9 percent, a number some blamed on cold weather.
The race saw the candidates slug it out on the proposed Drexel Town Square, which would move City Hall and the library into the 1st District while completely redeveloping the 85-acre former Delphi site.
Unofficial results are:
Dan Jakubczyk (inc.) 155
Steven Kurkowski 110
Shawn Vollmer 101
Election results remain unofficial until they are certified by the board of canvassers, which was scheduled to meet after press deadline.
Jakubczyk attributed his victory to door-to-door visits and one-on-one discussions with his constituents during which he discussed why he supports Drexel Town Square. While he felt confident, he acknowledged that the close race won't let him take his victory for granted.
"If the weather is nice, I'll knock on a few more doors and talk to a few more people and definitely pet a few more dogs," he said, adding: "It won for me the first time."
Kurkowski also will put the rubber to the road for the upcoming April election. He plans on going door to door as well, also planning to offer his views on Drexel Town Square.
While Kurkowski thinks the development is nice and necessary for the city, he has grievances against what he believes to be a rushed decision by the council. He said that many grievances Oak Creek residents had with the development could have been avoided by a more transparent, questioning approach.
"I'm thinking that now that the general election is coming up, I just need to get the word out and get people to understand and appreciate my positions and my approach to being an alderman," Kurkowski said. "They still need to slow down."
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