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Candidates emerge for Waukesha aldermanic seats

Alderman Hastings will not seek re-election

Dec. 11, 2012

A week after District 15 Alderman Duane Paulson filed for non-candidacy, another alderman did the same.

Alderman Richard Hastings, who represents constituents in District 12, will not seek another term, meaning there will be at least two new faces on the Common Council.

Hastings served two years on the council after the district's former alderman, Charles Lichtie, stepped down from the position in early 2011, one year after being elected.

Hastings then won re-election when he soundly defeated Ron Kading in the spring.

Besides Hastings' and Paulson's districts, there are eight others - District 1, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11 and 14 - that will have an election.

The Spring Primary is Feb. 19 and the General Election is April 2.

Candidate packets, which can be picked up from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at City Hall, 201 Delafield St., must be turned in by 5 p.m. Jan. 2.

Nomination papers mustinclude 20-40 signatures.

As of Monday, of the current aldermen, only Kathleen Cummings in District 9 and Roger Patton in District 11 have filed their campaign registration statement and a declaration of candidacy.

In addition, Emanuele Vitale in District 8 (Vance Skinner is the current alderman), Marga Krumins (Adam Jankowski) in District 6, Lenny Miller in District 11 and Aaron Perry in District 12 will seek an aldermanic seat.

'The connected candidate'

Perry announced his candidacy on Sunday and filled out the paperwork on Monday at City Hall, saying he will be "Waukesha's connected candidate."

"It is vital to have an alderman representing District 12 who is truly connected to our community, who represents the interests of all of us," said Perry, who works inadvertising sales and consulting at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "I'd be honored and excited to take on that responsibility."

The father of two young boys, Landon, 1, and Jackson, 1 month old, said he is looking forward to knocking on the doors in the community and getting to talk about Waukesha's future with his neighbors.

"Waukesha is a great place to live, but the city faces challenges," Perry said. "We have neighborhoods that need to be cleaned up, areas of the city with rising crime and citizens who have gone unheard."

A new vision

He added: "Waukesha is in need of an upgrade in ideas, a commitment to completion of projects and urgent action in regard to issues that are of vital importance to the long term prosperity of our community and its residents."

"These are issues affecting the residents of Waukesha and District 12 and require a new view from one of those residents.

"We need common-sense solutions to challenges like these, solutions that come from leaders who actively listen to the people they serve. Whether it's by phone, face-to-face or through social media, it's easy to connect with me and I'm listening."

Perry will attempt to do this through his Facebook page, Vote Perry, his campaign blog at perry4alderman.blogspot.com, his Twitter account, @Perry4Alderman or with his basic contact information at (414) 795-0990 or perryforalderman@gmail.com.

Perry has no political experience but a relevant public service involvement was volunteering with the Food Pantry of Waukesha County. He and his wife, Angela, moved from Minnesota to Brookfield in 2007 and moved toWaukesha a little more than three years ago.

Seeking different results

Krumins was one of the finalists for the District 6 aldermanic seat earlier this year after Alderman Brian White died during the middle of his term.

The council chose Jankowski, an Iraq war veteran and a PC technician at Dickten Masch Plastics in Nashotah.

Krumins also lost the 97th Assembly District seat to political veteran Rep. Bill Kramer last month.

She has served as a software engineer and web developer for various companies in recent years as well as in the U.S. Army a number of years ago.

The seat is for a one-year term.

The two other elections, assuming Skinner files for candidacy, will be repeats of 2010.

As the incumbent, Vitale lost to Skinner, 437-358, in District 8.

In District 11, which represents the downtown area, Patton defeated Miller with 233 votes to 153 votes earlier this year.

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