The 1st District in the city of Watertown has a representative for the first time since July 1 following a vote by the common council Tuesday night.
Emily McFarland, 1406 Wedgewood Drive, was selected from four other candidates by eight aldermen. McFarland received four votes. The runner-up was Carl Johnson, 1078 Bayberry Drive, who received three votes. Alderman Bob Stocks was absent from the meeting.
The other candidates for the open spot were Kaspar Peter, 1142 N. Fourth St., David Polly, 124 Hospital Drive, Apartment 6, and Mike Lingle, 1408 Schuman Drive.
Former District No. 1 alderman Bob Mudler choose to resign because the business he owns, Midwest Mattress Recovery, was doing too much business with the city. A Wisconsin state law prohibits a city official who is more than a 10 percent stakeholder in a business from doing more than $15,000 a year in business with the city. Mudler had previously told the Daily Times he was on the threshold of passing the $15,000 limit with six months left in the year.
McFarland will serve until Mudler's term expires in 2015.
Each candidate was given an opportunity to give a short presentation to the council as to why they would make a good council member.
McFarland said she was born and raised in Watertown and has devoted her life to public service. She said she began her career working part-time for a member of Congress and worked full-time in his office after she graduated from school.
She added she has also worked as a program coordinator in the state government and worked in the Wisconsin Department of Administration working with municipal governments.
"I have literally invested time to prepare myself for a position like this. I thought that this was my opportunity to give back and to serve a community that has given me so much," McFarland said. "A mentor of mine always says government officials should make every decision with the goal that we will leave the next generation a better community than we have now. I want to use my education and experience to be an agent of change. I know I can work together with the people in this room and create a Watertown for a future generation that is strong and economically vibrant."