Only 9 percent of the district’s voters voted on Tuesday; Gross served as an alderman for 18 years before resigning in 2008
Veteran Oconomowoc official John Gross is returning to the Oconomowoc Common Council. On Tuesday, 126 voters in the second district gave Gross, currently a member of the city’s Plan Commission, the edge, by 31 votes over local businessman and political newcomer Kevin. L Gross. Ellis attracted 95 votes.
With a total of 221 votes cast, that means only 9% of the district’s 2,435 registered voters participated in the special election. That is a single percentage point better than the turnout on Oct. 13, when in a preliminary election, Gross topped a four-person field with 65 votes. Ellis was second in that election with 52 votes. Jayson Mauer had 42 and former District 4 alderman Bob Morgan had 34.
Gross is a former District 4 alderman, having served for 18 years on the Council. He resigned from that post in 2008.
Gross will be sworn in at the Nov. 17 Common Council meeting. That will return the Council to its full quota of eight aldermen.