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Eileen Madden Will Succeed Noah Fiedler in 7th District

Council voted in a 3-3 tie, but Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti broke it, stating the decision between Madden and attorney Deborah Tomczak was a tough call. Resident Larry Jansen was shut out in voting.

With only half of his term completed, will officially be an average citizen as of Friday.

And his replacement was determined at Tuesday's Common Council meeting, where Eileen Madden, who served as alderman for the 7th District for six years before Fiedler, will again step into the seat for the remainder of the term.

Madden told the council during an open interview process of the that the break from the council was a "nice respite," but she was ready to come back and serve the district again.

She cited her involvement on the Veolia landfill siting committee, as well as her current position on its standing committee, as valuable experience in working with people to make tough decisions.

The landfill was also cited by Madden as one of the key issues in the 7th District, as it's the largest business there, and a successful one.

In answering how she would balance constituents who wanted her to vote a certain way on an issue against the needs of the community, she said she was someone who "doesn't think things to death, but I approach issues analytically before I make a decision."

She said also she felt she had proved that she could balance the responsibility of representing the district, but not at the expense of the city's best interests.

Deborah Tomczak also said she would vote her conscience in contentious issues, and pointed to the idea that residents being vocal on an issue wouldn't determine the outcome in some cases.

"I know we hear from people who are passionate, and that often there is a particular interest that is served when people are vocal in taking a side. I would listen not just to those who are vocal, but also to the rest of the residents," Tomczak said.

Larry Jansen, the third candidate was not at the meeting, but had submitted written answers to the questions each candidate was presented. He told the council he had experience professionally and personally in overcoming challenges (his wife has multiple sclerosis). He also cited his years of experience on the water utility with the city of West Allis and as an accountant with the city of Wauwatosa as valuable to the position.

Voting by the council resulted in a 3-3 tie, with Fiedler abstaining, and Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti broke the tie by voting for Madden. Chiaverotti said Madden's previous experience as an alderman and her knowledge of the district's issues were deciding factors in her tie-breaking vote, but acknowledged the other candidates' experience in making the vote a tough one. She also encouraged the other two candidates to consider future service to the city as aldermen when the 2013 election comes around.

Madden's first council meeting will be in April, and she will serve until Fielder's term expires in April 2013.

Concerned Citizen March 28, 2012 at 02:39 PM
The same Eileen Madden of Muskego who signed the Recall Petition for Governor Walker? That is who I want representing me. Thanks for that..... I also love the mayor's comment that previous experience as an alderman helped with her deciding vote. Yes, please, let's keep the same people filtering through Muskego's government. Great idea......more of the same.....
Concerned Citizen March 28, 2012 at 02:50 PM
OK, found her address per her resume on the Council Agenda - they are in fact one and the same and Ms. Madden did sign on 11/15. As soon as she possibly could. Thorough check on who has been appointed I see....especially after the reaction after Ms Weiss signed. I see that the views of the citizens of Muskego were again taken into consideration.
JS March 28, 2012 at 03:43 PM
I think Cathy should get a plaque in front of her that says "Don't tell Me, I'll Tell You.....
Nate D. March 28, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Wow....another great move by our mayor Kathy the Clown. Which is more likely....1) she didn't have the brains to check if she signed the recall petition; 2) she doesn't care because she is a liberal as well; or 3) all that matters is that she will be a rubber stamp for this clown? Probably all three......Go Pulaski High!!
Simple Bacon March 28, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Same old, same old. We had a chance to have highly qualified individual with an expertise that would have been put to use on the council. Her only knock was that she hasn't been an alderman in Muskego before. We need fresh faces and fresh outlooks.
Concerned Citizen March 28, 2012 at 04:06 PM
And I don't consider that a "knock". I consider that having an edge!
Simple Bacon March 28, 2012 at 05:03 PM
No, I don't either. I thought that Deb Tomczyk put herself out there and made a compelling case for an accomplished professional entering public service. I hope she thinks about giving it a try again sometime
SBR March 28, 2012 at 07:11 PM
I would agree that Ms. Tomczyk looked very qualified. Her big downfall was her lack of commitment to the position when asked. That's a huge issue and one I have been told swayed a number of aldermen away from her. I strongly encourage her to run next april for the position if she is ready to commit to it. If I had a vote, I would have be a little bit reluctant to appoint someone who admitted they weren't ready to say if she really wanted the job for a full term. Ms. Madden will be fine. If you look at her voting record in the past, she was pretty independent, so I see her being a swing vote on a lot of issue going forward. It would have been interesting if Alderman Fiedler would have voted as he could have. He did run against Alderman Madden and unseated her.
Concerned Citizen March 28, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Why appoint someone who was already unseated by the voters???? Unbelievable! It's interesting too that over 70% of the voters in that district voted for Governor Walker, the very person Ms. Madden wants RECALLED!
JS March 28, 2012 at 11:13 PM
It's a move I would call incestuous, definitely.
The Warrior March 29, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Ok Neal. Step down then.
Denise Konkol (Editor) March 29, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Funny SBR, I was wishing the same thing. Why not have Fiedler vote? If Ms. Tomczak decides to run in 2013, it would certainly make for an interesting race. I am curious to know if anyone had an issue however with her representing developers. I thought that would have come up in the discussion.
Nate D. March 29, 2012 at 11:28 AM
I find the discussion regarding the candidate that didn't get the position extremely odd considering the information that has come to light regarding the person that is now on the council. In short...who cares about Tomczyk? The Mayor just put someone on the council whose political philosophy is in direct conflict with the vast majority of her district. That is the story here and trying to change the subject makes you look bias and a transparent shill, Denise. Did anyone hear Belling yesterday? He spent the first 30 minutes on his show pounding on the Kathy the Clown. You would think the discussion would take that direction rather than wondering about answers that the person who didn't get the seat hypothetically would give if she was asked about it again a year from now. So stupid.
Simple Bacon March 29, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Denise, Ms. Tomczyk's background representing developers wouldn't have come up in discussion. There was no discussion. Mayor instructed the aldermen to read from the prepared questions only. Classic - no discussion please just vote... But since you ask....The #1 issue that comes up in discussion in Muskego is economic development. Wouldn't it be helpful to have someone on the council who understands how developers think? Maybe she would have been able to give insight into how to attract developers to Muskego. The "commitment" issue is a ruse. She spoke to her concern about the time commitment but felt it was her time to enter public service. Are we now only electing / appointing candidates that have nothing else going on in their life? The "discussion" should be about qualifications and desire to do the job. Hands down Tomczyk won on both counts. No question.
Concerned Citizen March 29, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Simple Bacon you are so spot on. I cannot wrap my brain around how the Mayor though Madden was the better choice. She was DEFEATED by the voters in that district 6 years ago and supports a recall of a Governor that 75% of her district voted for! I hope Muskego realizes that the "silent" majority is NO LONGER SILENT. And elections have consequences. Unless people like Madden don't like the results, then the elections have no consequences - just a big fat bill to the taxpayers. Wise up Muskego! Neither the Mayor nor Alderwoman Madden have our best interests in mind. And District 1 voters - please realize that Tracy Snead has ALSO signed the Recall Petition against Scott Walker. In that District only 70% voted for Scott Walker, slightly below Maddens district. IS THIS THE WOMAN YOU WANT REPRESENTING YOU?????
Cant Bea March 29, 2012 at 07:00 PM
What were the alderman's names involved in the the 3-3 split? Anyone know how each voted? Would be interesting to see.
Mr. Conservative March 30, 2012 at 12:33 AM
What a joke. I looked at all three resumes and I'd say our illustrious Mayor hand picked the least desirable candidate, and that's not even taking into account the fact Madden signed the Walker recall. Talk about being out of touch with your constituency.
Dr. Jim March 30, 2012 at 01:07 AM
I find this all quite interesting, I happen to live in District 7 and you all seem to think you know so much about this district and have so many (1) concerns and yet none of you applied for the job?? Tell me what are the real issues in District 7?
Concerned Citizen March 30, 2012 at 01:43 AM
My concerns are having someone who would rather have a tax and spender such as BARRETT (or worse) as their GOVERNOR. Another concern would be her failure to win 6 years ago in her district. WHY would we reappoint her if the voters didn't want her then? WHAT has changed that makes her so worthy now????? I sense this "good ole' boy network' in Muskego and I don't care for it. But clearly you do "Dr".
Mr. Conservative March 30, 2012 at 02:38 AM
First off Doc, I don't live in #7, but I DO live in Muskego, and each of these alderpersons has a vote that can affect the spending (And taxing) my city as a whole does, so drop the snarky attitude. As far as who I may have liked? How's about someone who doesn't side with the free spending unionistas and AGAINST the taxpayers? Fit's rigt in with our Mayor, who never seemed to meet a tax increase she didn't like as a County Sup.
SBR March 30, 2012 at 03:59 AM
Just checked.. This "liberal" Mayor you are referring to has donated $500.00 to REPUBLICIAN candidates the last two years. http://www.wisdc.org/wdc.php
SBR March 30, 2012 at 04:14 AM
And guess who donated $1150 to DEMOCRATIC candidates? Yep, Deb Tomczyk!
Dr. Jim March 30, 2012 at 10:30 AM
I see that many of you are spending a lot of time an energy guessing what people are all about or how they would vote or what happened 6 years ago because clearly you are just guessing, and yes I don't like spending money with out cause, (recalls, even in Muskego) but as you can see from all these posts, we live in a very emotional society. People reacting on emotion not facts. Is it fair to say you have never even meet this women? She was my alderman for many years and did a good job, and so did Mr. Fiedler, but he is gone now and I am glad she is back.

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