By Lynn Binnie
Whitewater Banner volunteer staff
November 18, 2020
At the end of the November 17 meeting of the Common Council, Patrick Singer announced that he will not be running for reelection. Mr. Singer will complete his fourteenth year on the council in April. Beginning in 2007 he represented the 5th District, and since 2013 has served in one of the two at-large positions. He was president of the council for twelve years. Patrick indicated a desire to spend more time with his family, including his two young sons.
Three other council seats will be on the April 6, 2021 election: Aldermanic District 1, currently held by Carol McCormick; District 3, currently held by Brienne Diebolt Brown; and District 5, to which Greg Majkrzak II was appointed in September to fill the position vacated by McKinley Palmer. It is not known whether these council members plan to run for reelection.
Council members are elected for two-year terms, which will begin on April 20, and are paid $300 per month. In addition to regular council meetings on the first and third Tuesday of each month, members are also appointed to serve on committees. The total time commitment is significant, but many of those who have served have indicated that it is a very enlightening and rewarding experience.
Citizens who may be interested in running for the council are encouraged to contact City Clerk Michele Smith at 312 W. Whitewater Street, email@example.com, or (262) 473-0102. Ms. Smith can provide information concerning the aldermanic district boundaries as well as the candidacy process. The first day to circulate nomination papers is December 1, and the deadline for filing is 5:00 p.m. on January 5, 2021. Persons running for district seats must submit 20-40 signatures, and for an at-large seat, 50-100 signatures. A primary, if necessary, will be held on February 16.
Banner note: Lynn Binnie is president of the Common Council.