Controversy continues in second ward election

Steve Wailand contests election results before Macomb City Council on Monday night.
Steve Wailand contests election results before Macomb City Council on Monday night.

Steve Wailand contests election results before Macomb City Council on Monday night.

Nearly a month ago, WIU student Steve Wailand thought he had won Macomb’s second ward city council seat, but not in the eyes of the city.

Though Wailand received 51.52 percent of the total votes, he has not been officially declared as the winner of the second ward.

Wailand says he has approached the City Clerk for clarity. He was told that he needed 50 percent plus one vote in order to win the election.

Steve has since found there is no such statement in the special charter, and is quite frustrated.

“My aggravation has only further enhanced with the election officials stating that the majority wasn’t enough, and that the majority actually meant fifty percent plus one,” says Wailand.

Wailand’s next option is to take his case to court. Until that decision is made, Wailand plans to run again for the position. Stay with NEWS3 for continuing coverage.