Swing-State Republican Upsets Democrat Mayor, Wins Election in Biden Territory

Swing-State Republican Upsets Democrat Mayor, Wins Election in Biden Territory


A Republican city council member won an upset victory in the Democrat-controlled city of Wausau, Wisconsin, Tuesday, defeating the incumbent Democratic major in a close vote.

Alderperson Doug Diny defeated Mayor Katie Rosenberg by 424 votes, 5,222-to-4,798, according to Wisconsin Public Radio.

WPR said Rosenberg had been expected to win and called Diny’s victory “an upset.”

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A major issue in the election was what WPR called the “skyrocketing water bills” caused by the installation of new filtration systems after elevated levels of PFAS were detected in the city water supplies.

There are thousands of varieties of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances — commonly referred to as PFAS — which are manufactured chemicals that tend to take a long time to break down, and therefore can accumulate

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