Written by Steve Ostermann
Wednesday, 07 April 2010 16:05
Uribe Harbeck joins Meinecke, Liss as top three vote-getters in trustees race
A political newcomer who has worked to save the Grafton’s Bridge Street dam is the newest member of the Village Board.
Lisa Uribe Harbeck, a member of the Save the Dam Association, joined incumbents David Liss and Susan Meinecke as the winners of a six-candidate race for three trustee seats in Tuesday’s election.
Meinecke topped the trio with 1,130 votes in the race for two-year terms. Liss received 1,006 votes, and Uribe Harbeck received 976.
Failing in election bids were challengers Alan Richards, who received 850 votes, and Carl Stier and Andrew Dziedzic, who got 637 and 481, respectively.
Richards and Dziedzic were first-time office seekers, while Stier lost in last year’s Village Board race.
“It’s very grat-ifying,” Uribe Harbeck said of her victory. “It’s exciting, but it’s also been a big challenge.”
Uribe Harbeck said her win was the culmination of several months of hard work that included educating herself by attending village meetings as well as a campaign agenda topped by an organized effort to preserve the dam. She said her concern
about the village’s plan last fall to raze the Milwaukee River landmark piqued her interest in seeking office.
“We talked in our group about getting someone on the board, and when nobody else stepped forward, I decided I would,” Uribe Harbeck said.
Village voters on Tuesday also approved a binding referendum to save the dam until at least 2019 and an advisory referendum to pay for any costs associated with the preservation by using a downtown tax incremental financing district Meinecke, who has served as a village trustee since 2008, said she was humbled to be re-elected with the largest vote total.
“I was hopeful,” Meinecke said of her bid. “I think the current board has done a lot of good things. It’s nice to know the citizens have recognized that.”
Liss won his third term on the board, on which he has served since 2006.
In the Town of Grafton, incumbent supervisors Tom Sykora and Tom Grabow were unopposed in their bids for new two-year Town Board terms.
Sykora received 295 votes, and Grabow got 291.