Quimby wins in Waterloo

April 5, 2019

WATERLOO -- A lifelong resident of Waterloo and small business owner was elected the next mayor of Waterloo in Tuesday’s spring election.

Jenifer Quimby defeated fellow council member Angie Stinnett and former alderman Dale Van Holten in the election for mayor.

Unofficially, Quimby received 433 votes, compared to 325 cast for Stinnett and 31 write-in ballots for Van Holten.

Quimby said her main focus will be team work. “I want to get everyone together in the city and work together. We are not separate departments, we are all one city,” she said late Tuesday night.

“As my first task as mayor, I am going to get everyone together,” Quimby said. “I want to do something we do at school board where everyone can tell me what boards they like to be on, what they want to accomplish, and why they want to be on the council. It is not just my goal for the city, it is our goals for the city.”

The newly elected mayor said it is the department heads that are the key. “I want to get everyone involved from the start and talk about the direction we want to take our city.

“We have a lot to do, and it will never get done in a couple of years, but I am sure going to get us going,” Quimby said. She plans to bring her business background and political experience to the table. She would like to get experts involved to find out what is the best financial way to help the city.

She thanked Stinnett and Van Holten for running for office. “I am happy that they put this effort out there, I truly am. Now let’s get to work,” she said.

Quimby said she was presently surprised by the number of people that voted, especially in the spring election. “When there is not a whole lot more on the ballot and heard there were more than 600 voters, I was happy with that.”

Quimby has lived in Waterloo all her life and is the owner of High Energy Photography. She also works part-time as a purchasing agent for McKay Nursery.

She has served as an alderman at-large on the council since 2008. She served as council president in 2012 and 2014. She is a member of the finance, insurance, and personnel committee, parks commission and board of zoning appeals.

She stepped down from the school board in January, a position she had held since 2011. For the school district, she served on the building and grounds committee, along with finance committee.

Quimby is a 1980 graduate of Waterloo High School and she graduated magna cum laude from Marian University with a BBA double major in general management and operations management.

Quimby said she decided about two years ago that she wanted to pursue the next step in city government. She said she began preparing for the journey then, asking more questions, gathering information and becoming more involved in all aspects of city government. In response to a question she stated, “I have a strong commitment and passion for our city, with a desire to help it thrive and, hopefully, help others find their path here.”

Quimby will succeed Mayor Robert Thompson who had announced his plans to not seek re-election to a fourth term. He was elected in 2007 and has served three terms of four years each. He had also been appointed mayor of the city in August of 200 and elected mayor in 2001, serving a two-year term until 2003.

Stinnett will remain serving as council member, a position she was elected to in 2013 and re-elected in 2017.

In Ward 1, appointed Alderman Clifford Osborn did not file nomination papers to continue in the position. There were no candidates on the ballot. Late last month, Jason Schoenwetter declared his candidacy for the position as a write-in candidate.

According to unofficial results, there were 28 write-in votes in the district.

In Ward 3, Alderman Timothy Thomas ran unopposed to retain his position on the council. Unofficially, he received 133 votes.

In Waterloo, there was a total of 813 votes cast in the election.