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Guy Zima loses re-election to both seats

(WBAY)
Published: Apr. 3, 2018 at 11:31 PM CDT
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Voters have stripped long-time local politician Guy Zima of his two political seats.

Zima lost Tuesday's election for Brown County Board District 8 supervisor to Megan Borchardt, who received 53 percent of the vote.

He also lost his Green Bay city council seat to On Broadway executive director Brian Johnson, who also received 53 percent of the vote, to represent the 9th district on the near-west side of Green Bay.

"You work as hard as you do, and the other side got a few more votes, but that's democracy in action," Zima said.

"It's an exciting opportunity for the district," Johnson said after the win. "I think we've got a lot of ideas and vision that we want to be able to bring, just having conversations with people and understand them. At the end of the day it's about finding solutions and solving problems that they are faced with every day."

When he announced his campaign, Johnson said he would focus on improving roads, neighborhood safety, and police and fire protection.

Zima also lost his city council seat in 2012 after 36 years, but he was re-elected in 2014.

In the past year he was dogged by ethics complaints, including allegations he asked a city employee

.

Also last year, after complaints from city staff,

saying Zima is only allowed to meet with workers in public spaces, two employees must be present, and if an employee became uncomfortable they could immediately end the meeting.

Zima noted he served on the city council for 40 years and the county board for 42 years and was recognized for attending 500 county board meetings (his record will end at 504). He identified his efforts on mental health in the community and saving the Southwest library branch as highlights of his career.

Asked what's next for him, Zima said, "Well, maybe it will let me rest up a little bit and get ready for the mayor's race."