Gross and Ellis emerge as finalists for vacant District 4 aldermanic seat after only 194 people vote in election

Two will vie to fill the seat vacated by former alderman and now mayor Dave Nold on Nov. 10

(Editor’s note: This is an updated version of an article that ran last night.)

A veteran local government official–John Gross–and a newcomer–Kevin Ellis–will face each other on Nov. 10 as the two bid to replace former District 4 alderman Dave Nold, now the city’s mayor. Nold gave up his seat when he was appointed Mayor after former Mayor Jim Daley resigned in June of this year.

Gross and Ellis lead the preliminary field Tuesday.  Unofficially, Gross won with 65 votes, while Ellis was right behind with 52. Former District 4 alderman  Jayson Mauer was third with 42 and Robert Morgan finished fourth with 34 votes as only 194 or 8% of the district’s  2,435 registered voters voted Tuesday.  Of the 194, 53 voted via absentee ballot, meaning only 141 actually went to the library to vote.

Gross is a former alderman and currently a member of the city’s Community Development Authority and Plan Commission.  Both of those positions are appointments. Ellis, a former school board and planning commission member in New Jersey, where he lived prior to moving to Oconomowoc in 2001, is the owner/operator of Parker’s Place on Wisconsin Avenue. Ellis was an applicant for the council’s mayoral appointment that went to Nold this summer.

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