BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Democratic Jamestown mayor Eddie Sundquist lost his re-election bid on Tuesday, falling to Republican challenger Kim Ecklund, the challenger’s campaign confirmed to News 4.
According to the Chautauqua County Board of Elections, Ecklund got 51.68% of the vote, compared to Sundquist’s 47.2%.
Sundquist’s run as mayor will come to an end after one term. He took office in January 2020. Ecklund has been a part of the City Council in an at-large capacity since 2004, and is a member of the city’s finance committee, as well as several other commissions across the city.
“I am humbled and honored to be Jamestown’s first female Republican Mayor,” Ecklund said in a statement. “This is a referendum by the voters for their desire for strong leadership. I am proud to serve this community and look forward to the next four years.”
“It is always difficult to lose an election especially when you are the incumbent,” Sundquist said in a statement on Wednesday. “When you put your best foot forward, not only in the campaign, but in the job itself, losing can feel like a rejection of all that you have done. But I am truly proud of all that we accomplished and am satisfied I did all I could to make my home a better place to live for all. I will leave office with my held high.”
Ecklund will be inaugurated as the city’s mayor on Jan. 1.
Aidan Joly joined the News 4 staff in 2022. He is a graduate of Canisius College. You can see more of his work here.