The aldermanic seat for Ward 3 on the Port Washington Common Council will be occupied by a newcomer in April, as challengers Mike Gasper and Don Cosentine finished first and second, respectively, ahead of incumbent Bill Driscoll in the Feb. 21 primary.
Gasper gained almost 42 percent of the 275 total votes cast and will be joined on the April 4 ballot by fellow first-time candidate Cosentine, who earned 31 percent of the votes.
"I believe that many people saw me as the odd man out in this election given my level of experience. What ultimately made the difference is that my viewpoints match the overall concerns of the city," said Gasper, who voiced his concerns about building developments in the city, specifically the Blues Factory located in Ward 3. He also praised his soon-to-be predecessor Bill Driscoll for his work on the council.
Driscoll, who garnered 24 percent of the vote, expressed his gratitude for being able to serve on the common council but remained concerned about the future of developments in Port Washington.
"It will be a great shame if the city doesn't go through with the Blues Factory project. I believe there's been a lot of misinformation regarding the project, and that ultimately made a difference in the results of the primary," said Driscoll. "I hope that whoever is elected to the council in my place puts in the same amount of work and commitment as I did and makes the right decisions for the city."