While nine aldermen will look to retain their seats on the Common Council next April, Alderman Duane Paulson announced that he will not seek re-election.
Paulson represents the city's 15th District.
He said he is making his decision with "some regrets" but added "contributing to my decision is situations that require more of my time, and this in turn competes with time for city business. It has been an enjoyable experience to represent the citizens of the 15th (District)."
Paulson, who began serving on the Common Council in 2010, is also a supervisor on the Waukesha County Board. His term on the County Board is up in 2014.
He cited his most successful decision as alderman was when he came out immediately and "forcefully" against the $136 garbage fee that was initially proposed by Mayor Jeff Scrima during last year's budget process.
Paulson also said that he made good on a campaign promise of supporting Lake Michigan water to be Waukesha's supplier. He added that a minor accomplishment was getting property owners a little more support with Landmark designations.
Paulson also referenced his referendum for a part-time mayor last year as a "non accomplishment."
"I could never get past the fact that many wanted to make this about a person not about the position," Paulson said.
Saturday was the first day candidates could have started circulating nomination papers for Paulson's district as well as the nine other districts that are up for grabs.
Besides District 15, the districts, which are all three-year terms outside of District 6, that have an election for an aldermanic seat are:
District 1 - Terry Thieme
District 4 - Joe Pieper, Council President
District 5 - Paul Ybarra
District 6 - Adam Jankowski, his is a one-year term to finish out Alderman Brian White's regular three-year term. White died in May.
District 8 - Vance Skinner
District 9 - Kathleen Cummings
District 11 - Roger Patton
District 12 - Richard Hastings
District 14 - Joan Francoeur
Candidate packets are available for pickup during office hours from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at City Hall, 201 Delafield St. Filings must be made by 5 p.m. Jan. 2.
Town has elections, too
In the Town of Waukesha, threepositions will appear on the ballot in the spring. And like the City of Waukesha, Saturday was the first day those interested in thepositions could begin circulating nomination papers.
Chairwoman Angie E. Van Scyoc's seat as well as Everett German's (Supervisor 2) and Brian Fischer's (Supervisor 4) seats will be on the ballot.
A complete registration form can be picked up at Town Hall (W250S3567 Center Road) or on the town's website at www.tn.waukesha.wi.gov under the Elections tab.
Nomination papers, which require 20 to 100 signatures, are due by 5 p.m. Jan. 2.
All candidates must file a campaign registration statement or amended statement before circulating nomination papers. Those seeking re-election should file an amended campaign registration statement.
The Spring Primary is Feb. 19 and the General Election is April 2.
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