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Waukesha News|Election 2010

Bull loses seat in Waukesha recall

Richfield's Brandner stays; Summit keeps 3 interim board members

Sept. 14, 2010
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By Don Behm of the Journal Sentinel

Sept. 14, 2010 0

Waukesha Ald. Peggy Bull lost her job in a recall election while Richfield Trustee Rock Brandner held onto his post in a recall.

Elsewhere, Summit voters casting ballots in a historic, first-ever Village Board election produced a split decision, with two of five incumbent interim board members being tossed out.

In Waukesha, recall challenger John Kalblinger outpolled Bull in the 7th Aldermanic District, 57% to 43%. Bull was targeted by recall organizers dissatisfied with what they called her failure to represent the interests of constituents.

Bull, 57, said the recall was fueled by one issue: the recent start-up in the district of a temporary residence for convicts, including sex offenders, making the transition from prison to more permanent housing.

Kalblinger, 31, had said he stepped forward as a candidate because he was concerned that the views of residents were not considered in the process to locate the transitional housing.

Kalblinger must face re-election in April, when Bull's term was to expire.

In Richfield, Brandner won re-election with 52% of the vote over the recall challenge by Reid Snedaker, who received 48%.

A turnout of 42% of voters in the recall election resulted in a shortage of 250 printed ballots at polling places. Photocopies were distributed.

A citizens group circulated recall petitions against Brandner that accused him of voting for "an outrageous 3.95%" increase in the village property tax levy for 2010 and approving "excessive salaries" for a former village administrator.

Recall candidate Snedaker, 63, said he challenged Brandner, 75, for two reasons: steadily increasing property taxes on his Lake Five residence and a Village Board decision in 2009 to impose boating restrictions.

Brandner was treasurer of the former Town of Richfield from 1977 to 1991.

Richfield successfully incorporated in February 2008 and Brandner was elected to a one-year term on the Village Board in April of that year. He was re-elected to a two-year term in April 2009.

In Summit, Leonard J. Susa, the former town chairman and current interim village president, lost to Jack Riley in the race to become the first elected president of the Village of Summit. Summit became a village July 29 when the state certified its incorporation.

Riley is a former three-term town supervisor.

Three of four Village Board seats filled in Tuesday's election went to interim officials who were town supervisors earlier this year.

Incumbent Scott Piefer gained the most votes, followed by challenger Dave Zimmermann. They will serve initial terms ending in April 2012.

Incumbents Jim Breen and Kraig Arenz Sr. were the third- and fourth-place finishers. They will join Riley in serving initial terms ending in April of next year.

Interim Trustee Patrick Clifford, a town supervisor earlier this year, and challenger Jerry Haerle lost their bids for trustee seats.

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Don Behm reports on Milwaukee County government, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, the environment and communities in southeastern Wisconsin. He has won reporting awards for investigations of Great Lakes water pollution, Milwaukee's cryptosporidiosis outbreak, and the deaths of three sewer construction workers in a Menomonee Valley methane explosion.

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