GENOA – Mark Vicary will be the city of Genoa’s new mayor after winning a tight race against fellow 4th Ward Alderman Jay Hansen on Tuesday
Vicary carried 56.4 percent of the vote, according to unofficial totals. He said he was excited his supporters had given him the opportunity to continue to improve Genoa.
“I’m pretty happy with the turnout, and it’s a humbling experience,” Vicary said.
Vicary, who replaces Mayor Todd Walker on May 1, said his top priority is to revitalize Genoa’s economy, starting with the opening of the city’s new Piggly Wiggly grocery store.
But Vicary said he won’t stop there.
“I’d like to beautify the city and see what we can do to attract business,” he said.
Hansen said he was disappointed by Tuesday’s results, but wished Vicary the best in his new role.
Hansen would continue to serve his term as Genoa’s 4th Ward alderman for the next two years, and he said he looks forward to working with Vicary.
“Any of the great ideas you have, you still have to find a way to pay for them,” he said. “And I look forward to helping him find ways to move the community forward so we can enact his plan.”
Walker, who has held the office for 12 years, publicly endorsed Hansen as his successor, but said he would’ve been happy with the results either way.
“I am very pleased that both Mark and Jay ran a very polite and professional campaign,” he said.
Walker said he is confident in Vicary’s ability to lead Genoa in the right direction.
“I’m very excited for Mark,” he said. “I said from the beginning we had two qualified, sincere members running.”
Walker’s advice for Vicary as he takes on his new mayoral responsibilities is to maintain a healthy balance between the city and his family.
Walker said Vicary is very dedicated to the city, and he knows it’ll be in good hands under his leadership.
Over the next four years, Vicary said he hopes to shore up the tax base and continue to bring businesses to the city.
“I’d like to focus a lot on business and retail,” he said.
He also said he wants residents to feel they can approach him with any issues or comments and have a strong working relationship.
Vicary thanked everyone who voted and commended Hansen for running a good race.
“I think we can both hold our heads up high,” he said.
Vicary will be sworn in as mayor April 26 in Genoa. He will shadow Walker until the end of the month.