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UPDATE: Mayor Clark wins re-election in Waterloo

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Waterloo Mayor Buck Clark will spend another two years leading the city.  Just like in 2009, Clark soundly defeated challenger Reggie Schmitt.  This time Clark secured 71 percent support. 

Mayor Clark is celebrating his re-election.

"My job is to control costs, grow our tax base and to continue to be a cheerleader for this city--to tell not only the citizens, but everybody in this state what a great city Waterloo is," Clark said.

His challenger, Reggie Schmitt, is disappointed at a second lost chance to lead the city and believes Clark will have a difficult second term.

"The next two years are going to be very tough, and there needs to be some very, very serious cuts," Schmitt said.

Clark agrees that budgets will continue to be tight.  But he sees Tuesday's clear cut victory as a sign of approval from voters of his creative cost-cutting solutions, like last year's re-organization of the police and fire departments.

"Those aren't easy decisions to do sometimes.  But we have to.  And we've done that, and we're going to continue to do that," said Clark.

Mayor Clark looks forward to the challenge, and he hopes to continue improving Waterloo's image, while drawing more businesses and residents to the area, especially downtown.

Clark will continue to lead the same panel of city council members next year.  In a contest race, incumbent councilman Steve Schmitt won re-election, defeating challenger Tavis Hall.

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