SHEBOYGAN — The stage is now set to determine who will be the City of Sheboygan's next mayor.
Incumbent Mike Vandersteen secured 1,423 votes (31,56%) while Ryan J. Sorenson led the Spring Primary with 2,155 votes (47.80%).
The third candidate, James W. Tesauro, tallied 927 votes for 20.56% of the vote. Overall, Sheboygan County reported 4,509 total votes cast for the mayoral race.
"We're feeling very excited that folks in the city have given us their support and endorsement," Sorenson said Tuesday night once the results came rolling in. "I think tonight shows that folks are ready for fresh, new leadership in City Hall."
But the work is just now beginning for both candidates, who advance to the April 6 Spring Election where the next Mayor will be decided.
"I think the next step is just continuing to get the message out there, to continue talking with voters across the city," Sorenson said. "I've always said this race isn't about me, it's about my hometown and my community that I love so much. Throughout this process, I've been actively listen throughout the city, talking with people about new ideas and making the community a better place. It's about continuing to keep an open ear and keep elevating those voices."
Sorenson currently serves on Sheboygan's Common Council representing District 8 (Wards 20 and 24) and as the Council President. Unsurprisingly, Sorenson secured 53.70% of votes among the three candidates in the two wards he represents.
Meanwhile, in District 2 where Vandersteen has represented on Council (Wards 2, 3 and 12), Sorenson secured 47.86% of the vote to Vandersteen's 33.01%. Vandersteen has served as Sheboygan's mayor for the last seven years through two terms.
However, the race is far from over as the City of Sheboygan recorded a 17% voter turnout in the Spring Primary Election, which is normal as last year's tallied just 18%.
Emails were extended to all campaigns for statements regarding Tuesday's results.