Gaylord voters made history in Tuesday’s general election when they selected Brenda Pautsch to be the City’s first woman Mayor.
Pautsch won the election by getting 44.69% of the votes cast in Gaylord. She received the support of 341 voters. That was 27 votes more than challenger Carl Wetzel who has two years left on his City Council term. There were 108 write-in votes cast for Gaylord Mayor.
No stranger to City Government is Pautsch as she has served on the Gaylord City Council since 1993. In her campaign for Mayor, Pautsch said she would push for creating long term and sustainable strategies to address budget priorities. The City will have to come up with new revenue sources or make cuts, she explained.
Pautsch will take over Doug Quast’s Mayor duties during the City’s annual organizational meeting in January. Quast served as Mayor for six years (three terms).
There were 763 votes cast in the City of Gaylord precinct. That is approximately 65% of the registered voters. There were 54 accepted absentee ballots.
In the 2008 presidential election, 1,000 Gaylord residents cast their vote. That was similar to the 2004 election. In the 2006 general election, there was 841 votes cast in the City of Gaylord.