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By Jennifer Hoff

Fresh faces for the Rochester City Council

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ROCHESTER, MN (FOX 47) -- President Barack Obama: Americans and the rest of the world today are getting used to the sound of that.

At the same time, one Rochester man is getting used to his new name.

That's Councilman Michael Wojcik.

The 31-year-old is one of the newest members voted onto Rochester's City Council - beating out a 13-year veteran in the process.

Playing on the living room rug inside his Rochester home, Michael Wojcik isn't a councilman yet.

You can just call him dad.

Michael Wojcik, Rochester City Council Member says, "Certainly the big transition in my life was having this beautiful little girl that I have."

Anastasia is just eight months old, but Michael and mom Lisa say, they want her growing up in a safe community.

Michael says, "We need a renewed emphasis on crime and community organizing in the core of our city - these are some things very important to me."

Michael says the city also needs a code of ethics, and will work hard as council member to see that happen.

He worked just as hard to earn that title.

Michael won the Second Ward seat over 13-year veteran Marcia Marcoux Tuesday night.

Michael says, "It's a little bit of a shock to have it turn out the way that it did."

Another shocker that night was this guy.

A second shot at the Ward Four Rochester City Council seat ended sweet for Mark Bilderback.

Mark says,  "The effort that they made, the effort that I made came together."

We caught up with Mark at his weekly bowling league, a day after defeating incumbant Pat Carr in a rematch of the 2004 election won by Carr.

Like Micheal, Mark also wants to tackle violent crime.

Mark says, "The fact is, that puts a scare into people and that hurts their feelings that this is a secure place to be."

Combating crime, Mark says, means strengthening neighborhood associations.

After a four-month campaign, Mark is stregthening his bowling game, and reveling in victory.

Michael says he doesn't consider himself a bowler, but is just passionate about the game as he is as being one of the newest council members.

Both City Council incumbents Pat Carr and Marcia Marcoux could not be reached tonight for comment.

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