MAYOR: Giuliani Stephens wins by large marginIn the race to replace retiring Woodbury Mayor Bill Hargis, Mary Giuliani Stephens topped a field of six candidates with a commanding 53 percent of the vote.
Mary Giuliani Stephens will be Woodbury's first woman mayor.
In the race to replace retiring Woodbury Mayor Bill Hargis, Mary Giuliani Stephens topped a field of six candidates with a commanding 53 percent of the vote, according to unofficial vote secretary of state vote totals.
Giuliani Stephens, a one-term City Council member, decided to run for mayor after Hargis announced earlier this year that he would not run for a fifth full term as mayor.
She said voters recognized her from her many years of involvement in various civic organizations.
"I think it's probably overall name recognition," she said of the key to her victory. "Although, four years on the council doesn't hurt."
Hargis openly supported Giuliani Stephens for mayor in recent weeks.
Candidate Tom Owens came in second with 16 percent. The remaining four finished in this order: Rachel Homuth, 11 percent; Art McCloskey, 8 percent; Nicholas Kiecker, 6 percent; and Eddie Marcus, 3 percent.