WATERLOO | One of the two contested Waterloo City Council races was a blowout while the other was too close to be decided in Tuesday's election.
Bruce Jacobs, a longtime commercial banker, picked up more than 72 percent of the votes cast in the Ward 2 council election to outdistance his lone challenger, longtime factory worker Robbie Hadaway.
But the race for the Ward 4 council seat won't be decided until Jerome Amos Jr. and Chris Schwartz square off in a Dec. 1 runoff election.
Unofficial election results show Amos picked up 33.4 percent of the vote to Schwartz's 29.8 percent, making them the top two vote-getters in the four-way Ward 4 race. Agnes Kress and Rosetta Robinson finished with 19 percent and 17.6 percent of the vote respectively.
Jacobs, making his first stab at public office, will replace Carolyn Cole in January after the three-term incumbent decided not to seek re-election. Jacobs focused his campaign on improving economic development.
"It's an awesome opportunity," Jacobs said. "I'm humbled to have the opportunity to do this. I will give 100 percent to bring everybody together and work for Waterloo."
Amos, who lost a bid for the at-large City Council seat in 2011, will be looking to replace Quentin Hart, who ran for mayor instead of the Ward 4 seat he's held for two terms.
"I still have a few dollars left in my campaign account, and I'm ready to move forward," Amos said. "For me it's just a matter of hitting the pavement and letting people know my vision for the community."
Schwartz also was ready for the runoff election but was pleased with his campaign's effort.
"I had the best combination of traditional campaigning and modern campaigning," he said. "I used a lot of social media and also hit a lot of doors and made a lot of calls. I went to all the right neighborhood associations."
Robinson and Kress, the only two women running for a Waterloo council seat this year, spent election night together at Jameson's Irish Pub.
"I learned a lot and I enjoyed myself," said Robinson, who was making her first bid for public office. "I just hope everybody that got elected does what they need to do for Waterloo."
Finally, Steve Schmitt won his third term as an at-large City Council representative while running unopposed.