In a 5,392 to 4,546 vote, Racine re-elected John Dickert as its mayor for the next four years, but the race was close as Dickert’s opponent Melvin Hargrove had the lead several times throughout the night.
“We have a lot of healing to do and that starts tomorrow,” Dickert said.
However, one takeaway Dickert learned during his campaign was that the work that the community has done — specifically the employment rate going down and his redevelopment efforts — hasn’t resonated as strongly with his constituents. Dickert plans on hosting several community conversations through the United Way to build better relationships with people and understand their issues better.
“The work we’ve done is not really resonating with the community,” He said. “We’ve got to figure that out.”