Republicans currently have a 3-2 majority over the Democrats on the commission. Katz’ victory changes the split to 2-2-1, giving him the important swing vote on the board. It is the only board in town that the Republicans do not control following this election.
Katz out-campaigned his Republican opponent. He visited 60 percent of the homes in the district and saw to the placement of four letters to the editor in support of his campaign in the local newspaper, one of which came from a prominent Democrat. Local newspapers responded with coverage of his campaign.