Haas won a tightly-contested race to unseat incumbent Maurice Groce by 68 votes for the second ward seat of the city commission. The vote was 1,105 to 1,037.
Haas may have won his race because he disagreed with his opponent on the size of the city’s debt.
“My campaign pointed out that we had 30 million in debt which surprised and shook up a lot of voters,” said Haas.
He notes that this debt was incurred by unnecessary expenditures for a new city hall, a hall of justice, and a library.
“As a result, taxes have had to be increased, pinching many a resident who would like to spend that money to pay for medications or for paint for their houses,” he said.