Just under 30 percent of Marathon’s registered voters turned out Tuesday to help re-elect Mayor Mike Cinque and seat newcomer Rich Keating on the Marathon City Council.
At his victory party Tuesday evening at Sombrero Resort and Latitudes Restaurant, Keating said now that the rigors of campaign are completed, the real work must now begin.
“I was prepared for the outcome of the vote to go either way, but I’m very pleased,” Keating told The Weekly.
Former Monroe County commissioner David Rice joked with Keating about the possible late night phone calls he is open to receiving from his new constituents.
“It’s not the late night phone calls I’m worried about,” Keating laughed, “but when I’m at the tackle shop getting bait in the morning, people are now wanting to stop me and talk about an issue they’re having.”
Incumbent Cinque celebrated his election victory at The Cracked Conch just hours before a taxi was scheduled to pick him up for a sabbatical in Las Vegas.
It’s been a hard race, but it’s been a good race,” Cinque said. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to continue my work with the current council.” .
Mayor Mike Cinque, second from right, was joined by buddies (l-r) Louis Gonzalez, Chris Gratton and Josh Mothner at his victory party at The Cracked Conch Tuesday evening.
Newcomer Rich Keating gets a hug from his ecstatic wife, Laurel, after she returned from the canvassing board Tuesday evening with the exciting news.