While various political races in Pierce County are just getting warmed up, the battle for Edgewood city mayor is already at an end, with Daryl Eidinger retaining his position and making the transition to the first "strong mayor" in Edgewood.
Under a strong mayor form of government, the mayor is the chief executive, akin to the President of the United States on a smaller scale, and the City Council is the legislative body. Eidinger will have total administrative authority over the city.
Eidinger narrowly defeated Edgewood resident and business owner Wendal Kuecker 1,104 votes to 1,094. The close margin called for a mandatory recount, and on Aug. 18 Eidinger once again came out ahead. The race was one of the closest in the county.
The race and transition were thanks to a voter-approved change to the strong mayor system that passed late last year. Eidinger looks to continue to serve the city he has been leading since 2010, when he took over as mayor. Eidinger will now be responsible for many duties former city manager Mark Bauer was doing before he ended his tenure at the city earlier this year.
“I am thankful for the support of the community and I look forward to serving the city,” Eidinger said.
The results were made official at the Sept. 1 Edgewood City Council meeting when Eidinger was sworn in as the leader of the town.