Mason defeated Sandy Weidner, who has nearly 18 years of experience in local government as a Racine alderwoman. Weidner blamed the city administration for pulling money out of reserve funds to give raises inside city hall.
Mason and Weidner had a tight race, campaigning until the polls closed to become mayor. Mason won by about a 10 percent margin. He addressed his supporters at his victory party in downtown Racine.
“Thank you, thank you, thank you. I am so honored and thrilled to be the next mayor of Racine,” Mason said.
The Democrat will leave behind the Wisconsin State Assembly to take over in Racine.
“The fight for the middle class is really happening in cities and local levels, that’s where it’s really about. And for me, public service is about doing the most to help your constituents and there’s real work to be done here,” Mason said.
He will be sworn in as the new mayor Nov. 7 at the City Council meeting.
Mason will finish out the former mayor’s term until the spring of 2019.