GREENFIELD — All three incumbents won re-election in balloting on Tuesday, April 4, two by landslides.
Mayor Michael Neitzke captured 77 percent of the unofficial vote and Alderman Bruce Bailey garnered 72 percent. Alderwoman Linda Lubotsky also won re-election, but by a smaller margin of 52 percent.
"I'm humbled that so many recognize we're trying really, really hard to make the city better. It's a team effort," Neizke said.
"You always hope that whatever you're doing is being recognized by the voters," he said. "It's an honor to be trusted by the voters to make Greenfield better."
In winning the District 2 race over opponent James Palmar, a former alderman, Bailey said, "I feel blessed and honored."
Bailey admits to being a little surprised at the outpouring of support. He didn't know how the vote would go right up to the end, he said.
"In this kind of race, it's hard to know," Bailey said. "I'm delighted.
"I'd like to thank everybody who helped me campaign and everybody who voted for me. It's an honor to serve the city and I'm eager to start another term. "I feel very fortunate."
Asked why he was returned public office, Bailey said constituents appreciate when calls are returned and needs met.
"I also think constituents saw the city moving in the right direction," he said. The $165 million 84South retail, office and residential project on Layton Avenue will be good for the city, he said.
For his part, Palmar said Tuesday night, "I'd like to congratulate him on a great race and thank all the 2nd District for their support."
Despite the outcome, Palmar said he wouldn't have changed anything, either in his message or in his campaign, if he had it to do over again.
As to whether there will be a third rematch with Bailey, that won't happen.
"I'm 65 now and my daughter is expecting any day now. I look forward to being a grandfather," Palmar said.
Also returned to the council was veteran alderwoman Linda Lubotsky for a fourth term representing District 1. She survived a strong challenge by Denise Collins who also is active in the city, serving as chairwoman of the Park and Recreation Board and on the plan commission.
Both got to the spring election by being the top vote-getters in a four-way primary race in February.
Elated after her victory, Lubotsky said, "I"m so honored that once again people in my district put their faith and trust in me."
She acknowledged that after serving three three-year terms, she wondered if voters would feel it's time for a change. Tuesday's vote has been reassuring.
"It assures me that I must be doing a good job for them to put me in office for my fourth term," she said. "I'm overwhelmed.
"I have relationships with constituents who have become my friends," Lubotsky said. "I have such a vested interest in my residents."
Looking ahead, Lubotsky said she knows what she'll do first.
"The first order of business is to give back my $1,000 information and technology raise to offset the levy," she said. The city is offering a technology stipend to offset officials' expenses in that area.
Unofficial vote totals for mayor:
Michael Neitzke (inc.) 3,613
Ben Rucka 1,076
Unofficial vote totals for District 2:
Bruce Bailey (inc.) 697
James Palmar 268
Unoffcial vote totals in District 1
Linda Lubotsky (inc.) 415
Denise Collins 376