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City Council – ins and outs

Sunny had a recent column in which she reported Scott Munson would not run for city council next spring. Munson cited a desire to be with family in the evenings more than hanging out with a bunch of middle-aged men as his reason for stepping aside.

The move is not a shocker, as Munson had not shown to someone who liked the game of being a politician. He is a sincere, thoughtful person. The time needed to be on city council is frequently noted when people don’t run for office. It often precludes people with young children.

So, with that decided, what about the other alderman up for re-election – Dennis Kugle and Mike Wiswell? Sunny says Kugle will run again, but doesn’t know about Wiswell. I agree with her on Kugle, but I believe that Wiswell will call it a career in Monona politics next year. I don’t doubt the Wiz could get re-elected, but after his big defeat in the Mayoral race last spring, I think he’ll decide he’s had enough.

So, who would possibly be interested in filling the shoes of Munson – and possibly Aro?

Don’t be surprised if Kathy Thomas makes another run for council. She was surprised by Munson’s victory two years ago, but is still quite active. She loved being on council (even if she liked to complain about the work).

Sunny mentions school board member Jessica Ace. She is safely on the MG school board, but has worked on the Parks and Rec committee for a while. She would actually make a fashion review worthwhile for a city council meeting.

Perhaps Matt Aro, who lost two years ago, would be interested this time around. No clue if he’s interested.

Former alderman Mike Veserat would be another option, but I don’t see him getting back in game. The last election he didn’t seem to be particularly engaged with, so I question if he’d want to dive back into city politics.

No matter, I expect a decidedly ‘blue’ streak running through Monona voters next April. Why? Because that may very well be the same time a Walker recall election could take place. If the recall would occur at the same time as the city council elections, liberal voters will come out in droves in April (and there are more liberal voters in Monona than conservative ones). It could lead to a ‘blue’ route at all levels. And while labels like conservative and liberal often get cast aside when voting on a local level, I think the last sweep by Bob Miller and Chad Speight over more conservative candidates shows what can happen.

Let us know if you hear of someone else who might be running. Or if you want to suggest someone who would be a good candidate.

 

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  1. NOT JANUS

     /  November 2, 2011

    “Kugle”

    Gave money to Walker, please thank him by voting him out of office.

  2. Trent

     /  November 2, 2011

    i don’t care that kugle gave money to walker. lots of people did. many of them regret it. i’ll hold kugle to merits of his work on the council. honestly, he’s just kind of ‘blah’ to me. but then again, i don’t expect my alder people to be rock stars or drama queens. those are the ones that often have to ‘make a splash’ or have some ‘signature’ project – items that are usually wastes of time/money.

  3. Frankie C

     /  November 4, 2011

    I think it will be hard for Monona School Board candidates to win. There is no bloody flag to waive.

  4. boooooooooooooring

     /  November 4, 2011

    how about a bloody rag?

  5. Unbelievable!

     /  November 5, 2011

    oh my god.

    you people are crazy.

  6. Blue city?

     /  November 6, 2011

    The people of Monona have been lucky to be served by the more conservative voices . A zero percent increase in your property taxes for the last several years does not seem to be bothering any of the blue voters. A few years of liberals in control of the city council always results in a conservative sweep. Elections can be a wonderful thing!

  7. Anonymous

     /  November 6, 2011

    Boring

  8. Drinkin

     /  May 18, 2012

    Well the real question is whtheer or not Mrs. Thomas really wants to be there in the first place. Word has it that she intended on retiring but that someone talked her into running (but that may be a weak rumor). Mr. Kugle and Mr. Wiswell obviously want to be there and if anyone watched the candidate forum Mr. Wiswell should be the obvious first vote. Matt Aro has some experience working with the city of Madison and other local governments, not to say that he agrees with what the City of Madison is doing or going (I hope not), but just that he has some experience with local governments. Mr. Munson on the other hand has ZERO experience, couldn’t formulate a concise thought on the candidate forum, and seems to just be spewing more Progressive Liberal rhetoric; but these are nonpartisan offices so lets just chock it up to Crazy Rhetoric, he is not getting my vote . Back to Mr. Kugle, he has experience, he has well formulated thoughts about our city and he has made some decent decisions while he has been on the council. Mrs. Thomas is hit and miss, I agree with her about 50% of the time but hey that is better then 0% of the time with Mr. Munson. So when it comes down to it you know that you are getting fully qualified and well intentioned council members if you make the wise choice and vote for Mr. Wiswell and Mr. Kugle. So I would vote for those two and then if you want to pick a third it is a tossup between Mrs. Thomas and Mr. Aro. Then again if you read what Chad Speight had to say in his letter to the Herald and you believed all of it (because it had a bunch of factual errors) maybe Thomas is the way to go instead of Aro. Long story short vote for Wiswell and Kugle!

  9. Sangeeta

     /  September 1, 2013

    Well the real question is wheethr or not Mrs. Thomas really wants to be there in the first place. Word has it that she intended on retiring but that someone talked her into running (but that may be a weak rumor). Mr. Kugle and Mr. Wiswell obviously want to be there and if anyone watched the candidate forum Mr. Wiswell should be the obvious first vote. Matt Aro has some experience working with the city of Madison and other local governments, not to say that he agrees with what the City of Madison is doing or going (I hope not), but just that he has some experience with local governments. Mr. Munson on the other hand has ZERO experience, couldn’t formulate a concise thought on the candidate forum, and seems to just be spewing more Progressive Liberal rhetoric; but these are nonpartisan offices so lets just chock it up to Crazy Rhetoric, he is not getting my vote . Back to Mr. Kugle, he has experience, he has well formulated thoughts about our city and he has made some decent decisions while he has been on the council. Mrs. Thomas is hit and miss, I agree with her about 50% of the time but hey that is better then 0% of the time with Mr. Munson. So when it comes down to it you know that you are getting fully qualified and well intentioned council members if you make the wise choice and vote for Mr. Wiswell and Mr. Kugle. So I would vote for those two and then if you want to pick a third it is a tossup between Mrs. Thomas and Mr. Aro. Then again if you read what Chad Speight had to say in his letter to the Herald and you believed all of it (because it had a bunch of factual errors) maybe Thomas is the way to go instead of Aro. Long story short vote for Wiswell and Kugle!

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