Ashland Mayor-elect Debra Lewis defeats challenger Charlie Ortman

By KBJR News 1

Ashland Mayor-elect Debra Lewis defeats challenger Charlie Ortman

April 1, 2014 Updated Apr 1, 2014 at 9:32 PM CST

Ashland, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- Debra Lewis is the new Mayor-elect of Ashland.

Lewis received 812 votes beating Charlie Ortman who received 377 votes in Wisconsin's spring election Tuesday.

The Mayor-elect says she hopes to help Ashland's economy grow through environment responsibility and sustainability.

Lewis has lived in Ashland for 19 years and used to practice law.

Once she takes the oath of office she will be the first woman to serve as the Mayor of Ashland.

"I am honored for the opportunity to serve the citizens of Ashland and I intend to work very closely to communicate, to bring people together, to collaborate," Lewis said.

Lewis says she has had a great relationship with opponent Ortman throughout the election process.

Mayor Bill Whalen announced he will not seek re-election in January.

Ortman was re-elected to serve as the Ashland County Board Supervisor for District 8.

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