Emily McFarland easily wins mayoral election
Emily McFarland will be the city of Watertown’s new mayor after her victory over opposing candidate, former Alderman and Mayor Fred Smith, in the Tuesday election. This will be her first term as mayor.
The former alderwoman of District 1 won 3,651 votes while Smith received 2,136 votes, according to the unofficial results.
She will be succeeding Mayor John David who has completed two consecutive three-year terms.
McFarland said this campaign has always been about the community and what it needs and wants. She added that it was about changing the narrative to “why not Watertown” instead of “why Watertown.”
“I am elated, I am encouraged to see the validation of that message,” she said. “This community is ready and I’m ready to lead us into this next chapter. I cannot thank the voters enough for sharing their ideas with me and then demonstrating today just how important those ideas are.”
McFarland was alderwoman since 2013. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Carthage College and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
She is employed at the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families as a manager and policy adviser of the Office of the Inspector General.
McFarland, who will become Watertown’s first female mayor, will take office on April 16. She will take the oath of office along with the newly elected alderpersons at the common council meeting that evening.