After Election, Candidates Call For Healing

As the debate turned downright nasty in some races, local candidates on both sides of the results say it's time to get back to work for the city's best interests.

Whether it was a winning candidate, or one who ended up short in the vote count, the tone of conciliation mixed with a little fatigue over Muskego elections was evident.

"While it's a happy time, I'm also concerned over how the races went, and how negative everything became," said 3rd District , who will be back on the council for a fifth term, defeating challenger .

"I'm honored to serve my district, I've worked hard, and I've tried to listen to what they're saying as I've made decisions on the council," Borgman added. "Our race was fairly clean in comparison to what ) and ) had to face, which was sad."

Snead was also ready to move on after her loss to , who posted a convincing win, garnering more than 71 percent of the vote in a district with a 52 percent turnout. The District 1 race was marked by verbal sparring from both camps, and Snead had made a point of mentioning personal attacks on her family by Wolfe during the campaign, but accepted the results from voters.

"I thought about what we've accomplished in the past five or six years, and where the city is now, and I'm really proud of that," Snead said. "I wish all the candidates and the council the best of luck in moving forward."

Wolfe also had a forward-looking tone in his post-election statement, "I want to personally say Thank You to the voters and my family , I have been truly blessed! I have met a lot of great people and I am Honored to represent them. I am ready to go to work for the people of Muskego." 

District 5 voters also had seen a literature drop by political action committee for previous run-ins with the law as a teenager. The race was still won by the incumbent against Pastor , who congratulated Soltysiak and thanked his supporters.

"The sun still came up today, and I'll still be working to serve the city," said Engelhardt.

As of Wednesday morning, Soltysiak could not be reached for comment.

The Muskego Common Council will likely not be back for long before a new election looms, asposted by Muskego for Ethical Government against Keith Werner are expected to succeed in gathering the required signatures. Estimates for the date of that election would be somewhere in July or August, depending on when signatures are turned in. District 6 Alderman Neome Schaumberg and Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti are also facing recalls as a part of this effort.

In the meantime, Borgman said work still needs to go on, hoping that it will smooth over the rough edges of the recent elections.

"I feel it's time to get back to the work of the council, and that we can be more united. Hopefully, we can begin to mend the differences," he said.

Paul Peardon April 04, 2012 at 06:08 PM
The time has come to unite Muskego for the betterment of our city and community. This council has that opportunity and I hope for the sake of all that they take that opportunity to do just that. We need a return to civility and disagree without being disagreeable. The people and families of Muskego deserve it.
STAND-UP-MUSKEGO April 05, 2012 at 01:14 AM
If those who have been elected truly wish to move on with civility and with a spirit of healing, publicly call for an end to the recalls! It is time for you to stand up against this frivolous, baseless and embarrassing practice. Even Lori Oliver, who began the recall because of the now nonexistent lake park issue, has publicly stated that the majority of residents are against a recall: (http://fox6now.com/2012/03/29/recall-papers-filed-against-muskego-mayor-two-aldermen/). SO WHY CONTINUE. Start the healing stop the recall!!
Paul Peardon April 05, 2012 at 01:33 AM
I agree Stand Up, the recalls are completely unnecessary. As they have always been. As well as all of the recalls going on right now!
Paul Peardon April 05, 2012 at 02:44 AM
A good start would have been to NOT beat the same dead horse and move on now. We get it, you don't like Dan.
STAND-UP-MUSKEGO April 05, 2012 at 02:51 AM
Unfortunately this horse is not dead and we do not really know Dan enough to form an opinion. Do you?
Paul Peardon April 05, 2012 at 02:55 AM
I have chosen to be done with it, reengage in civility and live life through the windshield and not the rear view mirror. You are free to do as you please...
Rick Petfalski April 05, 2012 at 03:18 AM
STAND-UP-MUSKEGO I am going to ask that the debate and attacks on ALL candidates stop. The election is over and we need to move on. If any of the elected officials do something in office that your group disapproves of, feel free to bring it up and debate it on its merits. These are our elected officials and the ones who are responsible for moving Muskego forward. Let's cut them some slack and let them lead, hopefully with ALL of our assistance, together we can move forward, find common ground, concentrate on those issues and improve our community. Divisions will only paralyze our community and make it a endless election cycle. I for one could use the rest. I'm sure the rest of you could also. I'm not asking you to share Easter brunch together, but maybe there is one or two good ideas we can all share.
Matt Johnson April 05, 2012 at 12:03 PM
Rick, while the recalls continue, we will keep up the fight for Muskego's future. After the recalls, we will promote our vision for this city and work with anyone from any side.
Steven Klinko April 05, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Rick, Your comments for peace are little premature as this is not over. The sharks have tasted blood are now circling in their recall efforts of Mayor Chiaverotti and alderman Keith Werner and Neome Schaumberg. I urge everyone who has had enough to do SOMETHING in support of these victims of our throw away society. If ever there was a vision for Muskego it has been greatly tarnished by these recalls.
Simple Bacon April 05, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Rick, though your words ring with truth and sincerity they mean little in this forum. The Patch has become little more that a room full of people shouting at each other. And worse than that the escalation of threats is concerning in our present society. I fear it's only a matter of time before the wackos out there do something really stupid. The invasion of privacy, the streetside intimidation we're seeing now is where it begins. I don't mean to diminish your comments because I think you speak as one of our community's leaders and that certainly lends credibility. But I think the time has come to think about whether we should all just leave this room and let those few bad actors fight each other for the oxygen. I suspect if we all stopped posting on the Patch the fringe would extinguish itself and the reasonable among us would go on about our business heeding your advice. Because you are right. At some point soon we have to get past the campaigning an posturing and live alongside our neighbors. I know I'm ready for a holiday from the Patch. I'm going outside where I can breath the fresh air.
Denise Konkol (Editor) April 05, 2012 at 02:13 PM
I'd hate to think that 'the fringe' would be all that's left, Simple. I believe if everyone would be required to use their real names, most of what is said here would disappear because people would have to argue more...delicately. My challenge to ANYone who posts comments is to step out from your anonymous monikers and have a little guts to use the name that's on your driver's license. The crazies drive away good bloggers...really, they're bad for business.
STAND-UP-MUSKEGO April 05, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Denise: Are we removing commentary now without any type of explanation or notification?
Matt Johnson April 06, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Why did that happen Denise? It's not my moniker but it is a good question. And Bacon, you can stop at anytime from posting on these blogs. Show your true name while you're at it. And what invasion of privacy are you referring to? I hope the recall people don't harass people in store parking lots this time around. And what are the recallers saying when they ask for signatures? Again, like it's been said on these blogs before: another story that could be looked into...
Denise Konkol (Editor) April 06, 2012 at 05:06 AM
I don't see what's missing or been removed....
Denise Konkol (Editor) April 06, 2012 at 05:12 AM
I didn't see the question, so I don't know which piece has been removed. Normally there is a 'spacer' left in the comment string. Generally if there is profanity, even if someone 'cleverly' someone leaves out a letter, that will be flagged and pulled. I don't have the time to hang out in the comments section as much as some think I do, and others think I'm here too much. This discussion has been pretty tame by most standards.


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