Eric Genrich and Patrick Buckley advance in Green Bay mayoral race

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Green Bay is one step closer to finding a new mayor. Tuesday’s primary election narrowed eight Green Bay mayoral candidates down to two.

Eric Genrich and Patrick Buckley

Results came in just before 9:30 p.m. The two mayoral candidates advancing to the spring elections are Eric Genrich and Patrick Buckley.

Genrich, the former Democratic state representative, earned 44 percent of the vote. Buckley, a Brown County supervisor, had 18 percent of the vote.

The polls opened up at 7 a.m. Tuesday, and some voters expressed how important this primary is, adding local elections are the ones impacting their day-to-day lives, and ultimately affecting how the city manages their roads to emergency services.

Former state representative Eric Genrich spent the day with his family awaiting results Tuesday evening. He tells Action 2 News he's ready for the challenge of the April election.

"I served six years in the state legislature, was able to build bridges across party divide down there and plan to bring that spirit to city hall, because I think that's really what's needed these days is to put aside a lot of the drama and dysfunction and pull together,” said Genrich.

Genrich emphasized the importance of restoring the city's aging infrastructure during the Green Bay Mayoral Forum held in January. He says roads will be a priority.

Buckley, who received the backing of the Brown County Republican Party, released a statement moments after results came in.

"Tonight's results are only halftime. Now the real work begins,” Buckley said in a statement. “We're going to build off tonight's momentum and continue to spread my common-sense vision of delivering real results to Green Bay."

Buckley is a former law enforcement officer. During last month's mayoral forum, Buckley said he would take the lead when it comes to fighting drug problems in the city.

Current mayor, Jim Schmitt, decided against running for re-election after 16 years in office.

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