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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.

Denise Konkol 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 April 06, 2012 at 05:06 AM
I don't see what's missing or been removed....
Denise Konkol 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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